[Phpwm] Intellectual Property Agreements

Alex Mace alex at hollytree.co.uk
Fri Sep 21 13:01:44 BST 2007

If they want to go to another developer, then you'd have to work out the
terms between you/your solicitors to sell them the IP or just the right to
do that, but I think the important thing is that whatever the outcome, get
it on a signed piece of paper.


On 21/09/2007, Bronwen Reid <info at bronwenreid.com> wrote:
> Alex Mace wrote:
> > In terms of solictors, at my previous employers we used to use
> Rickerby's in
> > Cheltenham - they seemed pretty hot on IP, plus the guy there who dealt
> with
> > IP was one of those kids on Jim'll Fix It who ate their food on a roller
> > coaster. They provided us with a spec contract for £600 which covered
> all
> > points of IP and basically said that you grant them a license to use
> your
> > software, but you retain all IP for it. That nicely covers you from them
> > creating new works based on your work.
> >
> This is interesting.
> What happens if the client, for whatever reason, wants to part ways with
> their web developer and get someone else in to continue work on that
> application / site?
> At a previous company we once got a very nice job where the client said
> "We can no longer work with our current web developer, but they host our
> site and own all the code.  Please redevelop this site, with all its
> functionality, from scratch."
> BTW, I take the view that if they want to do this, and get someone else
> in to continue developing code I wrote, then yes, something has gone
> badly wrong but I'm not going to try holding anyone hostage.
> > I think it depends on what grounds you did the work at the moment - if
> you
> > did it as an employee of theirs then they own the work. Otherwise as
> Dave
> > says, I believe you own it.
> >
> > There was also some good stuff on IP in the discussion part of episode
> 15 of
> > the .net podcast - http://www.netmag.co.uk/zine/podcast
> >
> Will have a look at this.  Thank you
> Bronwen
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