Re: New TECHWR-L Poll Question

Subject: Re: New TECHWR-L Poll Question
From: Marilynne Smith <marilyns -at- qualcomm -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 01 Oct 2001 17:14:19 -0700

--- Deborah Ray <debray -at- raycomm -dot- com> wrote:
> Do you, a technical writer, write outside of your
> regular job?
> * Yes, creative writing (poetry, fiction, etc.)
> * Yes, professional writing (tech., articles, etc.)
> * Yes, both creative and professional writing
> * No, neither creative nor professional writing
> * Other/none of the above

How many of you read all of the paperwork carefully when you sign on with a company? Many companies have carefully written agreements that any work you do for the company, whether on or off the premises, is considered the property of the company. So far so good, but some of these agreements stretch into your personal life. So, some agreements would say that if you write for the company at work, anything you write, whether at home or at work, belongs to the company, whether in context with your work or not. They are trying to be sure you don't do anything brilliant or profitable without the company getting its share.

I rework the agreements of those companies that I feel are not reasonable. If I write a story for children that becomes a success (I wish), the company I work for cannot claim any of that success for itself. If I invent a new widget that improves wireless communications, my company might be due some of that, even if I worked on it solely at home. Gets sticky, doesn't it?



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