At 11:52 AM 2/28/2002 -0600, Scott M. Dier wrote: >Randy McLaughlin wrote: >>proprietary world in order to find an income. My immediate need is help >>with writing contracts with my clients that deliver the product they > >A common contract I've heard of is one that allows 6 months time where >they get exclusive rights to the application, and then after that 6 months >you get to do as you please with it. >-- >Scott Dier <dieman at ringworld.org> Thanks. That's an interesting idea. I tend to think in terms of separating the executable rights and the source code rights. I have no problem with transferring all rights to the executable to the client, and I'm ok with granting a non-exclusive, perpetual right to use the source however they wish but I'd like to retain the right to reuse the generic parts of the source (without disclosing proprietary information) and to contribute that code to projects so that I am contributing to a larger body of shared code. If I, for example, write an interface to another software package, I'd hate to have to wait 6 months before I could use it in another project. It's so inefficient!