Subject: Re: Do I need to inform my employer before contributing to an Open Source Project?
From: John Cowan <>
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007 18:00:40 -0400

Rick Moen scripsit:

> USA law in general permits you to stupidly sign away (most) rights you
> would otherwise enjoy via one-sided contracts, 

Worse than that: in most U.S. states other than California, *whatever*
work a professional employee does belongs to his employer unless there
is an explicit agreement otherwise.

> as John Cowan says, the amount of statutory protection
> against predatory employment contracts depends on on state jurisdiction.

Rather, I say that some states make employment contracts predatory
even if the contract doesn't say so.

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