in reply to Professional Employees and Works for Hire
How much of this stuff comes into play only if it's spelled out in your employment contract, and how much is simply the result of state law?
I ask because I'm contemplating getting involved in making source code contributions, but there was nothing, nada, in my contract that stated anything about them owning off-hours work. I'm professional, for a non-tech company (which is probably why no such agreement was in anything I signed), located in neither NY nor CA, the only states anyone seems to bring up. The manager told me that they don't care (if that matters), pointing out so-and-so in another division who does his own business in the off hours. What concerns me is if I can get burned even though I didn't sign anything granting them such rights, simply because of the state's legal codes.
I have no anticipation of any real concerns or conflicts coming up, but better to be forewarned, and forearmed, than caught by surprise if the corporate climate ever changes.
(tilly, I realize you don't want to post actual code, but if you have any further clarifications of facts to share, it'd be appreciated.)
-- Perry G. Noyed.