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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] ownership of software invention

From: Adam Van Ymeren
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] ownership of software invention
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:19:37 -0500

On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM, Charles Cossé <> wrote:
> I think you should refer to the paperwork you signed when you became
> employed there.  Usually they say that they own everything you do on their
> time and you could get in legal trouble releasing if it's technically
> theirs.  But see what others say ...
> -Charles
> On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Greg Farough <> wrote:
>> Hello, all,
>> I'm writing with a somewhat specific question. I'm a non-developing
>> employee of a Missouri software company. In my spare time, I do develop,
>> though, and am about to release a program of substantial size as free
>> software. I'm concerned about my employer's finding out about this and
>> using it to gain "ownership" over the program, seeing as how I wrote it
>> while under their employ. Is there anything I can do to retain my
>> copyright so that I can release it as free software, or does my employer
>> have legal claim over my program?

Read the terms of your employment, but to be really sure you should
consult a lawyer with experience in intellectual property.

>> I appreciate your attention and response,
>> Greg
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