[ILUG] GPL and non-disclosure agreements
John N S Gill
jng at renre-europe.com
Wed May 17 10:23:23 IST 2000
I think this came up while I was talking to some one at the e-xpo
thing the other week.
My company has just come out with one of these company policy things
which includes some nasty stuff about ownership of ideas etc which
"are applicable to the company's business".
We're still arguing over the wording, but one particular issue is how
to accommodate the company's use of Linux. The company runs several
key systems on Linux machines. I develop applications for those
systems and also make some contributions to Linux packages. Under
the current wording things just won't work.
It is clearly in this company's interest to contribute to Linux
development. Further, I would argue that since the company benefits
significantly from Linux it has an obligation to make some
Anyway, to get to the point. Has anyone out there some wording that
they have added to one of these agreements specifically to accomodate
Linux? I'd be very grateful for any examples out there.
Also, can anyone think of a good analogy to the contributing to open
source software ie another example where a company in effect gives
away its expertise?
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