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Subject:Re: ownership rights From:"Brierley, Sean" <Brierley -at- QUODATA -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 11 May 1999 14:12:09 -0400
I assign the ownership to the company that hires me. I provide all the
files, including the source files, unless there is a maintenance agreement
under which I am to update the files regularly.
However, for the most part, the companies I have worked for have had t.w.
departments and I was picking up the overflow. Those companies that have
tech writers need the source files for future updates. A couple of those
companies that did not have t.w. depts. came back to me for source file
information, requesting freebie updates and tweaks, or with application
support questions. As I had already handed off all the files, I could and
did claim (politely, with an offer of help) that I did not retain a copy of
*their* source files and that I had handed off x number of copies to persons
x, y, and z . . ..
sean -at- quodata -dot- com
>>>From: Lori Wiens [mailto:lwiens -at- JPS -dot- NET]
>>>Sent: Tuesday, May 11, 1999 12:06 PM
>>>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>>>Subject: ownership rights
>>>Consultants and Contractors:
>>>Do you generally retain ownership/copyrights to your help
>>>systems (or other
>>>documentation), or sign these over to the client? Do you
>>>provide just the
>>>output help files, or all the project files? Know of any
>>>good resources on
>>>handling these issues for tech. writers?
>>>Send commands to listserv -at- listserv -dot- okstate -dot- edu (e.g.,
>>>Find contractor info at