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Re: Professional Employees and Works for Hire

by Anonymous Monk
on Jun 12, 2007 at 00:09 UTC ( #620596=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Professional Employees and Works for Hire

They might own it but if you have developed it in contribution under a particular license it is out there and under license. They might have the unique chance to claim it to use under alternative licenses but in effect you have released it on their behalf.

That's basically my thoughts on a question I had recently.


Comment on Re: Professional Employees and Works for Hire
Re^2: Professional Employees and Works for Hire
by ysth (Canon) on Jun 12, 2007 at 07:27 UTC
    Without permission, you can't release it on their behalf. You can burn and sell copies of Windows install CDs and print up a pretty license form to go with them, but that doesn't make it legitimate.
Re^2: Professional Employees and Works for Hire
by tilly (Archbishop) on Jun 12, 2007 at 13:22 UTC
    What ysth said.

    If an employee of a company makes a promise to you that that employee does not have authority to make, that company is not bound by that promise. The fact that you were acting in good faith and really thought you had a valid promise does help you legally, but only until the company brings the true state of affairs to your attention.

    A license is, of course, a kind of promise. (But don't worry about the case discussed here. It is water under the drawbridge and was peacefully resolved a long time ago.)

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