Was thinking about making a website in my spare time using spring 3.0 and google app engine, I'm full time employed software engineer and my contract has a section dedicated to IP rights. Do you think if I were to make a website outside of work hours that my employer could claim IP right to it? Even if it doesn't have anything to do with what the company makes?
I doubt what I'm making will ever earn any cash, just nice to know what I'm coding belongs to me!!! Grrrr
exactly...read your employment contract/agreement, or any NDA form you signed.
Generally, if you do all the work at home, use NO company resources (laptop, internet connection, books, etc) they don't have a legal claim to it...but that won't stop them from trying if it becomes worthwhile.
There are only two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors
Thanks guys this was helpful, I think from what I've read the best approach is to ask your company upfront and get them to make a decision there and then, rather than finding out that they want to lay claim to your hard written code 6 months down the line!
I'm fairly certain they won't want anything to do with it anyway, will let you know how things go...
As someone who writes books and does outside contract work, this is a very important point for me when signing onto a job. On most occasions, I've had to have the agreement re-written before I'll sign it. It's usually either too encompassing, or too vaguely written.