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Re: Professional Employees and Works for Hire

by perrin (Chancellor)
on Mar 20, 2002 at 20:50 UTC ( #153136=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Professional Employees and Works for Hire

Amazing. I've always known about this, but I've never heard of anyone actually being called on it before unless they were releasing code that was directly relevant to their job. Rational companies know that trying to enforce this will just piss off their employees.

Assuming you have a good rep at this company, are they really willing to risk losing you to stop you from doing this? It sounds like one of those lawyer-driven things that the people who actually appreciate your work there would not stand for if they knew about it.

Anyway, I think you can find much more open source friendly jobs right here in NY. I interviewed at a couple of places that did lots of perl and were well aware of the relationship their employees have with the rest of the perl community.

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Re: Re: Professional Employees and Works for Hire
by Anonymous Monk on Mar 20, 2002 at 22:00 UTC

    The only (other) time I have heard of this being enforced is in a totally unrelated venue. The rumor's behind why Tim Burton chose Disney/Mirmax to release "A Nightmare Before Christmas" is that he came up with the story idea while he was an animator at Disney.

    This is also supposedly the reason why HP had first crack at the original Apple, but turned it down. Wozniac had a clause in his contract.

    This is the standard clause for professional creative development, and is one reason why at a certain level most creative professionals become independant contractors.

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