Re: Call for lawyers: GPL Intelectual property protection
>>>>> "Ben" == Ben Pfaff <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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