in reply to
Professional Employees and Works for Hire
It's all transparent slavery. You need to work and if you
are not working and looking for work, you will sign anything
at some point if you are desperate enough and/or unwilling
to live on the street.
you have a job. Follow their rules
and look for other employment if you are unhappy with them or
suggest a new contract.
When looking for your next job have your
own contract prepared. To be a great service to the
Community make your contract available and ask for suggestions
to ensure that you are protecting yourself while at the same
time the employer. It is critical that the
employer feels protected. Remember the
employer is investing a lot in you, the larger the firm the
more it costs them to get and keep you. As a Community
we need to do the same
for our rights as creators, innovators, and hobbists on our own
time (if there is such a thing), that companies do for theirs.
If we fall into blindly signing contracts because
"that's what I have to do
if I want to work", then the companies retain the power and
in my opinion stifle free thinking. If I have a great idea
and think the company may stake claim to it even though it
is unrelated I may stop sharing ideas and do only what I
am told and request very specific details on each stage so
that I am sure all the "ideas" are their's so I don't accidently
give one away.
I have been out of work for 4 months so I own all my
thoughts :) and code, but I don't get paid for them :(