[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: [Pan-users] Re: ANN: Pan 0.134 "Wait for Me"

From: Steven D'Aprano
Subject: Re: [Pan-users] Re: ANN: Pan 0.134 "Wait for Me"
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 21:03:53 +1100
User-agent: Thunderbird (X11/20070719)

Alan Meyer wrote:

As for me writing the contract and handing it to him, I'm a
hardworking but pretty obscure consultant, not a celebrity
programmer like Guido van Rossum or Linus Torvalds.  I don't
think I could bear to watch the client's lawyers spilling their
martinis, rolling on the floor, laughing, and pointing at me.

You'd be surprised.

I recently was asked to sign a contract specifying that we (the company I work for) wouldn't work directly, or indirectly(!), for the client's competitors; we'd also be obliged to notify the customer of any and all ideas we had while working for them, and sign over ownership of the rights to such.

We're not a sole trader, but neither are we Microsoft or Apple. The customer's first response was "But that's our standard contract, everyone signs it!", which rang a little hollow when I pointed out that they had a major typo which basically invalidated half the contract. Oops.

I just put my foot down and said I wouldn't sign the contract as it stood. If they wanted a no-competitor clause, then they would have to list each and every company they didn't want us to work for. They took that clause out :)

They also changed the clause about ideas and improvements and limited it to "related to such-and-such proteins in the field of biochemistry".

So I told the sys admin who went out to do the actual work, "If you have any brilliant ideas related to biomedicine while you're on site, keep your mouth shut." He came back and said "I had a great idea for customer X... they should cure cancer!"


reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]