If I use the Upwork service who owns the intellectual property? I am thinking of hiring someone from Upwork to assist with a new business startup of mine. I am concerned that either 1) Upwork or 2) the freelancer from Upwork would have a claim to the intellectual property created.
It should be noted that NDAs are more than difficult to enforce. Do your due diligence - starting with talking to the potential frelancers you feel will do the best job.
I understand that the "User" owns the intellectual property. What about any inputs that might be uploaded for the work? For example, documents that might contain confidential information? I understand those should not be used by Upwork nor by the freelancer. Is that correct?
Thank you very much in advance.
It isn't clear to me what you are referring to.
The person who pays for the work owns the work. It's not complicated.
I don't think there are any "what abouts"...
If I am paid for one hour of work by John... then EVERYTHING I create during that hour belongs to John. That includes "inputs" and "documents."
You mentioned "confidential information." I'm not sure what you mean by this. Clients do not ask me for "confidential information." Clients pay me to do work. And the intellectual property associated with that work belongs to them.
If you still have questions about this, please feel free to explain further.