|Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, May 06 2012 @ 07:50 PM EDT|
|"work for hire" is a standard clause in most employment contracts|
whether they are full time or agency/temporary/contract.
You do not have to sign when you are first presented with a contract, this is
only stage 1 of a process of negotiation.
You are advised to seek legal advice regarding the details in your contract (at
least you *should* be).
It is possible to negotiate a 'perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, no fee'
license going in either direction.
You should expect in return to be "field" limited for a negotiable
duration (duration must be reasonable, and so that you do not take the work you
have done for A and immediately sell it to competitor B for $$$$)
You also need to remember that unless you are starting from a blank sheet (and
assuming any negotiated license direction) the work is not "yours" you
are being paid to produce it for "them", it *is* theirs, though if you
negotiate correctly you can retain the rights to your own head-space (usu.
subject to field limitations as mentioned)
This has saved me from being sued
(despite new direction being wholly unrelated to old position, knowledge gained
IANAL This does not constitute legal advice.
You need to get a lawyer for that.
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