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An individual employed under a contract of service with an employer; distinguished from a freelancer, who is not on an employer's payroll. Employers often prima facie own the intellectual property rights in subject matter produced by employees on the job. This ownership may be true even where a freelancer is working under contract (e.g., an industrial designer or ICT creator), but a specific agreement is usually required where a copyright is involved.