Post by David Froble Post by John Reagan Post by Bob Koehler Post by Johnny Billquist
I think the law is not that relevant. The employment contract
usually covers such things anyway, and it normally says that the
employer owns whatever the person develops.
Never had an employment contract. What part of the word uses those?
Really? Didn't sign anything to begin employment? I had one with
DEC/Digital/Compaq/HP. I have one with VSI. All the code I write,
etc. does not belong to me.
That's not surprising. DEC/Digital/Compaq/HP/VSI are in the business of
writing and selling software. Of course they'd claim anything you do.
If you wanted to do something yourself on your time, you'd need that
specified in the "contract".
Now maybe Bob has a "job", that just incidentally includes writing some
code. Since his employer isn't interested in the code as a product, but
just what's required to get the job done, they are not as concerned
about "ownership". However, they would not find it acceptable for Bob to
then attempt to charge them for using the code he writes.
It's best for these things to be spelled out clearly up front.
Well, what Bob said was that he never had an employment contract. So, no
contract saying how much he should work, and what the reimbursement
should be, how much vacation he can take, and so on...
I've only been in such a situation when I have been self-employed. I
don't know where Bob is working.
Now, doing things that clearly are not related to work, and done on your
own time, might be a clear cut case of the employer do not have any
right to claim any of it. But as you say, it's usually better to have
all that spelled out explicitly.
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