Here are three quick tips:

  1. Triple check the details on the freelancer offer before you pay and submit your order to see if there is an add-on if you intend to use the work for business use and to see if they say anything about copyright ownership. If they say nothing at all, that is fantastic. This is a classic case of “silence is golden.”
  2. If the seller states they retainer copyright ownership, then keep shopping around, or
  3. If you really, really want to work with that seller, then see if he/she provides an add-on to transfer complete ownership. If they do, pay it.

Unless clearly stated otherwise on the freelancer’s profile page/description, when the work is delivered, and subject to payment, the buyer is granted all intellectual property rights, including but not limited to, copyrights for the work delivered from the seller, and the seller waives any and all moral rights therein.

The delivered work shall be considered work-for-hire under the U.S. Copyright Act. In the event the delivered work does not meet the requirements of work-for-hire or when US Copyright Act does not apply, the seller expressly agrees to assign to buyer the copyright in the delivered work.

All transfer and assignment of intellectual property to buyer shall be subject to full payment for the Work and the delivery may not be used if payment is cancelled for any reason. For removal of doubt, in custom created work (such as art work, design work, report generation etc.), the delivered work shall be the exclusive property of buyer, and seller assigns all rights, title and interest in the delivered work.

Note: some Works (including for custom created work) charge additional payments (through Work Extras) for commercial use. This means that if you purchase the Work for personal use, you will own all rights to the delivered work without purchasing the Extra. If you intend to use it for business purposes, you will need to buy the Extra.