Dangerous Contract Provision

Subject: Dangerous Contract Provision
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
Date: Sat, 6 May 1995 02:47:26 -0700

>This is a "work for hire" (magic phrase!). As soon as the client PAYS
>THEIR FINAL BILL, copyright transfers to them. (This way, if you don't get
>paid and you still want to go to court, you can sue them for copyright

In California this makes you an employee. The provision may not exist in
other states, since it was written to address a problem in the film industry.

The only time I've ever had trouble getting paid was last year when one
company went out of business owing me $4000. It sounds horrible, but its a
pretty small percentage of 20 years of consulting income. ...RM

Dr. Richard Mateosian Freelance Technical Writer srm -at- c2 -dot- org
Review Editor, IEEE Micro Vice President, STC Berkeley Chapter

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