Source Code Theft
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Posted by Paul on October 06, 2002 at 06:18:33:
I have a question that I think someone here would know the answer to.
I developed some software about 3 years ago - before I joined my current employer and outside of any previous work, and have used this software in the current project with the consent of my employer on the understanding that, I own the IP and they would pay me for the source.
I/They never actually got around to drawing anything up in terms of a contract.
I have approached my boss a couple of times about the subject of payment for the source code as it is now vital to the project, and each time I bring the subject up he gets defensive and says he would rather rip the source code out than pay me any money for it.
But they have already made a significant profit from the project and my software and still I have not received anything.
Now I'm being made redundant, in large part because I asked for a token payment for my code, and I fear that once gone I will have no control over how the source is used.
Do I have any rights to payment?
If so, how much?
Since they obviously do not respect IP rights and have already made money from it how much would I have to spend to get any resolution to this and would it be worthwhile?
Is this a "clear cut" issue - it seems to me like it is, but I'm not sure.
I hope someone can help me....
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