Ethics... and the lack of it.

Richmond Mathewson richmondmathewson at
Tue Dec 8 16:01:33 EST 2009

On 12/8/09 7:56 PM, Bob Sneidar wrote:
> Pardon me, I wasn't quite clear about what I meant by "in their employ". By that I mean that you are on the payroll, not a contract laborer. We had someone who worked for our radio station once delete 5 years of work he had done for us while on our payroll. Since he was producing a radio program for us he decided the work belonged to him, not us. However, we were the only radio station broadcasting that program. I believe he could have been prosecuted for that. We didn't pursue it however.
> Bob
> On Nov 30, 2009, at 8:26 PM, Bruce Robertson wrote:
>> This is nowhere near as clearcut as you claim.

When I was working at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, I made 2 
programs (with RunRev) for teaching phonetics, in my
own time, on my own computer at home.

I let the University put them on their server on the understanding that 
they had been developed by me for other needs than the
university's, and as those needs had been fulfilled they could be 
offered as Freeware by the university.

When I was made redundant I requested that those programs be deleted 
from the university servers as they were mine and
were on the servers "in my gift". It took intervention by my trade union 
(Yes, Richmond, the right-winger, belonged to a
trade union) to get the university to delete them.

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