[thelist] Copyright Issues

david.landy at somerfield.co.uk david.landy at somerfield.co.uk
Wed Jun 16 08:12:10 CDT 2004

Wes Reed wrote:
We generally contract with our clients to license any 
programming to them with the rights to do anything they want with it 
forever but retain ownership. To us, this makes perfect sense.

me too.

How common is this sort of licensing practice?  We know people who do the 
same but I am wondering if we are just a small minority. 

If you do this, do you have suggestions about how to make this palatable to 
the client?

i do this it wherever i can - usually by asking my line manager's
permission. as a contractor, copyright always subsists with the client and i
have to get exceptions. if i'm clear and explain that no proprietary
knowledge or data will ever leave the building, just plain vanilla routines
and procedures, they are usually amenable, providing i don't take it down
the road and use it for a competitor ;-)

Do you know of any references that would explain/describe this kind of 

sorry no - if you find any, please let me know it would be very useful to
have a standard contract clause.

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