Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

So let's say that you write a movie while employed....

There has been some debate here about whether software that one writes is owned by your employer.

Let's say that you write a movie script and manage to sell it.

Could the company that you write SOFTWARE have a stake in it?  Do these non-compete agreements usually cover "just" software or would they include any creative endeavor that one does on the side even if it has nothing to do with software?
Permalink dude 
November 25th, 2011 7:23pm
Depends. Most contracts I see pushed are that comprehensive, that they could seize ownership.

University professors have a long legal tradition that things they write do not belong to their employer. This enables them to own copyright on papers and books. But it's understood that that "privilege" (bs term) doesn't extend to other "professionals".

Also, lately there has been a really whack trend that work by students belongs to the university.
Permalink Idiot 
November 25th, 2011 7:40pm
This is not new.
Permalink trollop 
November 25th, 2011 7:48pm
Read the contract.
Permalink Ditzy Blonde 
November 25th, 2011 8:06pm
Ugh.  That is f*cked up.

I don't even signing a contract.
Permalink dude 
November 26th, 2011 1:41pm
In the UK, turning up for work at a client site would be interpreted as acceptance of contract, regardless of signature.
Permalink Bill42x 
November 27th, 2011 3:57am
offer + acceptance + consideration = contract
Permalink less is more 
November 27th, 2011 7:10am
>> offer + acceptance + consideration = contract

But what are the terms of the contract?
Permalink Morons 
November 27th, 2011 9:27am
+1 to lessismore.

Acceptance is meaningless without consideration.
Permalink CircusAttraction 
November 27th, 2011 12:21pm
But I'm talking about writing a MOVIE while employed at a company where I write SOFTWARE.

Guess I would need to see a copy of the contract....don't even remember signing anything that would prevent this but I could be wrong.  Of course asking to see the contract would proably raies eyebrows.
Permalink dude 
November 27th, 2011 12:34pm
The fact they didn't provide you a copy of the contract would have raised my eyebrows...

If there's nothing written concerning that everything you create belongs to the company, I'd consider it quite a stretch that they own your movie script, notes in your diary about that awesome blowjob, or the birdhouse you built.
Permalink Send private email a2800276 
November 27th, 2011 12:58pm
... provided none of these things happend on company time.
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