Hey everyone - I've found myself in an interesting situation in regards to some photographic work I did for a now former employer of mine, and any input any of you might have would be very welcome. For the last 3 months I've been an assistant manager at a large aquarium store. While I was there, I overheard my bosses talking about a new advertising push they wanted to start up, which included brochures, a color photo book for sales/service, a billboard, and a new website. It is important to note that when they hired me they had no idea I was a photographer, and they've admitted this to me several times since. I decided to volunteer my services and equipment (brand new Canon 40D setup w/L & EF-S lenses) to do the photos for them. AND, by the way, no where in my original offer letter's list of expected job duties did it say anything about photography, or anything to do with advertising, promotion, etc. Long story short, I did all the photo work, which, when it was all said and done, included over 200 digitial photos. The new brochure, color photo book, and billboard have been completed, and the website is currently under construction (incidentally they plan to use the bulk of the images for the online sale of a variety of saltwater livestock). Unfortunately, I have now been laid off, under very vague and suspicious reasoning, no less. At any rate, I feel extremely uncomfortable with the idea that they have let me go but are going to continue to utilize my artwork for their financial gains. I would very much like to deny any further use of my work by the store. I feel I have a pretty good understanding of the "work for hire" part of the copyright law, and here's why I feel I have a fairly clean-cut case: Though I was on the clock while doing the photos, the photographic work was NOT within the normal scope of the job I was hired for (not to mention I did most of the work, in terms of processing, on my own time!). I was NOT hired as a photographer, and most importantly there was NOTHING remotely related to photography included in the offer letter I was given (and I still have a copy of it, with a detailed list of each of the position's expected duties). I was NEVER given any sort of document or agreement to sign which would transfer the rights to the work to my employers. I am currently waiting for my lawyer to get back to me on this, but I would love nothing more than to exercise my right to deny my former employer the rights to my artwork. In the mean time, any input you all might have would be highly appreciated! THANKS!