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Re: Call for lawyers: GPL Intelectual property protection

>>>>> "Ben" == Ben Pfaff <pfaffben@pilot.msu.edu> writes:
    Ben> No, read the second paragraph of that clause again:

Actually maybe you should too.

    Ben>    The previous paragraph of this Agreement does not apply to
    Ben> any invention for which no equipment, supplies, facility, or
    Ben> trade secret information of the Company or Client was used
    Ben> and which was developed entirely on Employee's own time, and
    Ben> (a) which does not relate to the business of the Company or
    Ben> Client or to the Company's or Client's actual or demonstrably
    Ben> anticipated research or development, or (b) which does not
    Ben> result from any work performed for the Company or Client.

section (a) is a weasel clause it would be very hard to avoid given
the breadth of Micrsoft's development efforts.  Possibly, if not
working on x86/alpha/WinCE platforms it could be dodged but...

    Ben> If he's careful not to do development on Microsoft's machines
    Ben> or on Microsoft's time, he should be okay.  -- SIGSIGV:
    Ben> Sigmentation fault (core dumped)

I don't think so.  This is IP red tape that will bind you until death.


Perl is really designed more for the guys that will hack Perl at least
20 minutes a day for the rest of their career.  TCL/Python is more a
"20 minutes a week", and VB is probably in that "20 minutes a month"
group. :) -- Randal Schwartz

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