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Do I retain personal usage rights on my code if I use the framework to quick-start a project at a company? [closed]

I have spent a year making a .NET MVC website (in my personal time). I have started a contract for a company 2 weeks ago and thought I'd be kind and used the framework/skeleton from my personal ...
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Who is the copyright owner of a contribution (commit) to a GPL-licensed project? [duplicate]

Suppose, that Alice started a GPL-licensed project. Later, Bob married Alice, joined the project and made a 50% contribution to it. Then they broke up, Alice sued Bob and by court decision took his ...
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Using private vs company devices for development at work

I'm employed at a mobile app development company since 4 months as Android developer. It's my first job as developer. Currently I'm using my two private Android devices for development. Is it common ...
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Reusing code across several clients' projects [closed]

I've been a freelance web developer for 6 years. I have an issue that's bothering me and I'd like some advice. (Do note: I want advice from experienced freelance developers, or people who have been in ...
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Is it possible to escape the GPL by deriving the same work from multiple sources?

Suppose you have an arbitrary code base, C, possibly composed of multiple programs, none of which fall under a copyleft license. Suppose this code, taken together, does the same job as a nice ...
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How to Protect Intellectual property violations from one's own team [duplicate]

I have an android app idea, I want to make the app along with a few batch-mates in my collage. (1) How do I make sure that these guys will not compromise the intellectual properties involved? In the ...
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Protect Database Design - SQL

Perhaps a bit of an odd question but I can't think of a way to achieve what I want. I produce a product which ends up installed on-site at clients premises. It is a business critical and high ...
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How to rewrite from scratch a code for which I own the copyright so I can use it on my job without losing the rights to the first version?

Well I don't want to make it open-source! That's the problem. But I do want to use it on my current job. Company did not agree to sign any alternative license with me and told me to rewrite everything ...
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Who owns the IP rights of the software without written employment contract? Employer or employee? [closed]

I am a software engineer who got an idea, and developed alone an integrated ERP software solution over the past 2 years. I got the idea and coded much of the software in my personal time, utilizing my ...
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Who owns the code, who owns the algorithm, who owns the idea?

This question got me thinking what products of the programming effort belong to the employer, and what don't. The two extremes are (0) the code - it apparently belongs to the employer and (1) the ...
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Do I need a license before selling software?

I have a small time software firm. Recently we got a major project that the other company wants to sell. We will be making a website and multi-platform mobile apps We are coding in PHP, JAVA, HTML. ...
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When working with contractors/interns how protective should one be of your codebase?

We're considering hiring a contractor or intern to work with us on our iOS project but this causes me to get really paranoid that we're giving somebody who doesn't work for the company access to our ...
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About Intellectual-Property agreement with employer

In IP agreement IP is define as below Intellectual Property (whether or not patentable and whether or not made during working hours) is defined as but not limited to: all product specifications, ...
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Do I have to deliver my utility and helper code to clients?

Over the years I've created a bunch of Java utility and helper libraries which I just attach to new projects. Then, when I deliver code to my clients, I send all the code except for the libraries ...
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Easter eggs as IP protection in software

I work in embedded software, and for some reason, management wants to hide an Easter egg as means of IP protection. They call it a watermark, and since our software interact with the video preview ...
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Detecting Internet code leaks

I'm curious after reading today about a minor code leakage from a large project to some blogs & forums (to say it short: the guys forgot to anonymize the code before asking for help), all detected ...
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Charging for a project where you retain the IP for the end product

I have read up on quite a few of these questions asked on here regarding "how much should I charge for..." such as: How should I charge for programming things which take two minutes to fix? How much ...
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What is the clause in an employee contract that says they own all your code?

I am looking at my employee contract and I can't seem to figure out where it might say that they own all the code that I write, be it at work or at home. Any examples of what the wording could be ...
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How to protect intellectual property when oursourcing software development?

I'm a small company needing to outsource software development. I've written both functional and technical specifications for GUI developers and back-end (C or PHP) developers to implement my software ...
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Bringing your previous intellectual property to your employer

Assume that in my free time I have developed library X before signing a contract or being employed by company A. I then sign a contract with company A and begin working. It becomes apparent that ...
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Why do companies tell me they want me as an in-house employee, not as a contractor?

Context Money is not what is at issue here. What is at issue is independence and to make sure I will contribute by working at my field of expertise, tactfulness, and ensuring everyone's expectations ...
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Legality of taking ideas from an in-house tool for use in an open source project?

I recently worked for a (UK) medium sized company on an in-house IDE plugin tool. I thought it looked generally useful, but probably needed a different direction to be relevant for people with my ...
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Protecting yourself from intellectual theft

I have been working on a project for about 6 months and it is finally done. Done meaning the bones of the software, all the servers are in place, the beta testing is ready to begin and in the real ...
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Who Owns an Idea on the Web?

Let us say that person "A" mentioned an idea for a software project on the web (ie. in a forum). Person "B" sees this idea and implements it. Can person "A" claim ownership of the idea? Has person "B" ...
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What are some precedents on how substantial a snippet must be to be copyrightable? [duplicate]

I occasionally worry that when I borrow snippets of code from websites, etc. there's at least the theoretical possibility that this will be copyright infringement. However, small pieces of code to ...
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Intellectual Property for in house development

My company is a sub contractor on a major government contract. Over the past 5 years we've been developing in house applications to help support our company and streamline our work. Apparently in ...
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Does Apple own any rights to software you create with their developer tools?

Or do you own the rights to any software you create, regardless of whether you used tools supplied by a third party? Thanks
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Intellectual-Property Question

Like almost everyone here, I have a handfull of scripts and software that I have developed and am enthused about. I will be looking for my first job as a software designer / coder. It seems natural ...