RE: Article on Contracting vs Employee

Subject: RE: Article on Contracting vs Employee
From: "David Knopf" <david -at- knopf -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 15:48:27 -0800

Andrew Plato wrote:

| And don't expect a company to give you rights to the
| documents. They
| won't, they shouldn't, and demanding them is a super-great way to get
| terminated off a contract and get yourself into a costly court battle.

Balderdash. We retain copyright ownership of everything we produce unless
and until it's paid for by our clients. We've done business this way for
many years and have had very few objections from clients. In one case, where
a client of ours went bankrupt, owning the copyright turned out to be quite
beneficial: another company bought the assets of the defunct company in the
bankruptcy process and ended up having to pay us for the right to use our
work. If we hadn't retained the copyright, we would have lost quite a chunk
of change.

And btw, as far as roofers go, try this: Order a new roof. Let the roofers
install it for you. Refuse to pay their bill. You'll find out in short order
that for all intents and purposes, they do own the roof.

David Knopf
Knopf Online
Tel: 415.550.8367
E-mail: mailto:david -at- knopf -dot- com

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