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So we built a website and software for a client, charged our fee and handed over the code.

The client then got a request from another company about the software. The client passed on the request but said since they owned the code they would need to recieve money for it.

I'm thinking there are 2 options here:

  1. Work with the client as requested

  2. We've actually re-built the software, made it much better and use it for other projects. Am i in my rights to sell that direct to the company that enquired about it instead of going through the client?

Any help on this would be much appreciated


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closed as off-topic by durron597, MichaelT, Dan Pichelman, enderland, Snowman Jun 29 at 21:23

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how about calling it a sales commission and all happy? – eglasius Mar 13 '09 at 17:26
what does it say in the contract with your client? you did have a written contract, right? – DSO Mar 13 '09 at 17:26
Is this client GE? I know for a fact that they like to do this kind of thing. – firebird84 Mar 13 '09 at 18:31
Is this any different than when developers create 'ramp-up' frameworks while on the clock? I'm not saying it's right but it happens. – rich May 19 '09 at 23:50
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is about legal advice, which is off topic on Programmers per help center. See What types of legal questions are on topic-here? – durron597 Jun 28 at 0:54