Re: non-disclosure agreement
begin Ian Zimmerman quotation:
> 1/ Is my (literal) reading of the document essentially correct, or is
> my assumption that I can read English just so much hubris?
Your understanding matches mine. You are _very_ wise to be cautious
about what you sign.
> 2/ Will signing this agreement prevent me from contributing to Debian
> in the future?
If enforced, it would seem to do so.
> 5/ If you were personally faced with this situation, what was (or
> would be) your reaction? (You can reply to this part privately if you
If I were a coder faced with such a requirement, I would do one of the
(1) Cross out the offending clauses, and politely call that to the
attention of the Personnel Dept. as a counter-offer, or
(2) Negotiate the replacement of that language with some acceptable
In either case, I would be prepared for the possibility of leaving
imminently to seek employment at a more-enlightened company, if need be.
(As it happens, my employer did, to my particular disgust, require a
similar clause. I was willing to sign it, in part, because I do not
code for a living. Also, the firm was so much better than the one I
just left, in every other respect, that I wasn't going to be picky.
But I was deeply disappointed to see it at an otherwise progressive
Cheers, "Reality is not optional."
Rick Moen -- Thomas Sowell