contracts: "work for hire"

I run into “work for hire” clauses every now and again. They tend to be boilerplate independent contractor contracts that expensive lawyers have developed to protect a firms rights – at the expense of the contractors rights.

I understand that the design industry frowns upon this type of contract. But how do we negotiate this? Can anyone offer some sample alternatives to the boilerplate “work for hire” clause?

Also, can you give a few tips on negotiating this? What kind of language to use when explaining our aversion to “work for hire” and how it is detrimental to what we do?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.