Be careful before taking legal advice from this thread. I see enough wrong information here that you could get in trouble. Miss Evy April 15, at 1: If my employer is Microsoft, they do everything. They always imagined that they should be able to sit in their own room at night on their own computer writing their own code for their own purposes and own the copyright and patents.
We love them so much we want to own them and sell them! We love side projects. We are kind of indifferent. Now the OP is masking these feelings as concern for the company.
The only difference is in the stance of management as to how hard they want to enforce their rights under these contracts. These agreements can be found in a offer letters, b employment contracts, c stock option agreements, d bonus award agreements, e and employee handbooks.
You should be thinking about things for us. That said, the company and Mr. Instead of making software, you knock out three or four clever games every few months.
Given the number of times I have seen primary developers relegated to "with assistance from", it seems to me only just to turn the tables like this.
This is something to let go. Focus on your work, if a coworker is pushing work off to you for any reason it is reasonable to talk to a supervisor at that point. That is kind of weird, because you might say, "Well, I paid him for it.
So you go out and hire a game designer to invent games. This can vary from: Recognize that and start or continue looking for a new job. In the United States, Joe still owns the copyright on that work. This ambiguity is meant to create enough of a chilling effect on the employee working in their spare time that for all intents and purposes, it achieves the effect that the employer wants: OK, what if my employer is a small company making software for the legal industry.
This is the standard employment contract for programmers, inventors, and researchers. There is unlikely to be a substantial difference between the contracts that you sign at various companies in the US working as a programmer or in the law that applies.
These things sometimes do happen, and ought to be considered seriously before you work quite hard on the book you have in mind. Especially since all it is is Alternate Universe Twilight fanfic with the names changed.
In the US, in general, courts are very lenient about letting people sign any kind of contract they want, but sometimes, state laws will specifically say "even if you sign such and such a contract, the law overrides.
QualityControlFreak This is a very good way of framing this. I know at least two people in my company wrote novels or short stories when they were working their respective shifts, that eventually got published.
Non-US readers should also be aware that the law and legal practice could be completely different in their country. You wanted to pay him for all the games that he invents, and you recognize that the actual process of invention for which you are paying for him may happen at any time Would software for the accounting industry be "related"?
Are plush toys related? The way it is often expressed is by using the legal phrase work for hirewhich means "in this case we have decided that the copyright will be owned by the company, not the employee.
Same applies to code. Software developers, as you can tell from this thread, found this situation to be upsetting. You might truly believe that your employer engaged in retaliation, hostility and bullying. Laura April 14, at 3: The programmer agrees to assign give the copyright to the company.
This number was closer to hours on weekend shifts.Oct 22, · Thinking Of Writing A Book? Here's What You Need To Know It used to be loyalty that bound employer and employee together. Now, loyalty is passé, and you need an edge for getting that.
We also don’t know how long it took her to write the book. I can see how over a couple of years there probably wouldn’t be a work impact.
I took the job I took, it’s not up to my employer to find ways to utilize my other skills that aren’t relevant to the position I signed on for. My own book is research based and while a best. Can my ex-employer stop me from writing a book about the company?
I am being chased out of my company because I filed harassment complaints upstairs. I would like to write a book about this place.
Question: My question is about defamation.I worked in Pennsylvania and my employer retaliated against me, created a hostile workplace, and basically forced me to quit. Now I’m writing a book to tell all. Your Rights in the Workplace. Analyzing Your Options; they are too numerous to include in this book.
Contact your local government to learn about these laws, especially if you live in a large metropolitan area. In many cases, employers and their managers do not write down their reasons for making an employment decision. In such cases. I get paid to write transaction processing software, but the company I work for also owns a few computer games, according to the law if I write a game in my spare time my employer can claim ownership.Download