Re: Call for lawyers: GPL Intelectual property protection
On 30 Oct 1998, Ben Pfaff wrote:
> Hamish Moffatt <email@example.com> writes:
> It reads to me like anything at all you do while being employed by Microsoft,
> if at all related to Microsoft's business (ie software), even if developed
> completely in your own time, on your own hardware, at your own cost,
> not using any secrets learnt at Microsoft, they still have a right to
> that work. This seems to mean they would have license to the code if
> they wanted it, and you have to keep records, designs, drawings etc,
> of it for them. Even if the software is GPL, you as author have the right
> to issue it also under another license, and they could force you to do that.
> No, read the second paragraph of that clause again:
> The previous paragraph of this Agreement does not apply to any invention for
> which no equipment, supplies, facility, or trade secret information of the
> Company or Client was used and which was developed entirely on Employee's own
> time, and (a) which does not relate to the business of the Company or Client
> or to the Company's or Client's actual or demonstrably anticipated research or
> development, or (b) which does not result from any work performed for the
> Company or Client.
> If he's careful not to do development on Microsoft's machines or on
> Microsoft's time, he should be okay.
"which does not relate to the business of the Company", ie. Software and