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Re: [News] MAFIAA Sued (Directly) for $5 Million, by Cher

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____/ Homer on Monday 08 June 2009 02:48 : \____

> Verily I say unto thee, that Chris Ahlstrom spake thusly:
>> Unfortunately, many companies (including the one I work for) are
>> pretty picky about claiming all that you do at work as their
>> property.
> I've been pretty picky myself (and lucky, to some extent) in that none
> of the work I've ever done has been subject to proprietary license. Of
> course the bespoke solutions I worked on (or managed) usually remained
> unpublished outside the client's organisation ... but that's not quite
> the same as "proprietary", something people like DooFy clearly fail to
> understand. Software is neither proprietary nor Free unless it becomes
> published, much like any other private thought.  As a staunch advocate
> of privacy, just as much as Freedom, I see no contradiction there. But
> the most substantive point is that the results of my labour were sold,
> not licensed, to the recipient. In fact they didn't even /pay/ for the
> software, they just paid for my time. The bespoke part of the software
> was free, and the supporting infrastructure was both free /and/ Free.
> AFAIAC /that's/ the way it should be.
> So why exactly do we need software licenses?
> Beats me.

All the code I've ever written (and been pay for) I still own. There are jobs
that permit this. Where you blend other people's code with yours (e.g.
colleagues) you can't share that openly, but that's fine; you don't have
attachment to that code anyway.

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