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Does your employer own your side projects?

by Joel Spolsky
Friday, February 11, 2011

There’s a surprising amount of misinformation out there about whether software companies own the work that a programmer does in their spare time.

From my answer to the question on answers.onstartups.com:

Being an employee of a high tech company whose product is intellectual means that you have decided that you want to sell your intellectual output.

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If I'm working at a company, do they have intellectual property rights to the stuff I do in my spare time?

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