[Ilugc] Employee Agreement of a FOSS company

Vamsee Kanakala vamlists at gmail.com
Wed Dec 3 13:07:24 IST 2008

ம. ஸ்ரீ ராமதாஸ்|Sri Ramadoss M wrote:
> Hi,
> While the sum of money is accumulated with the investor, the sum of
> knowledge in the form individuals is extremely difficult to unite for
> wide range of reasons, which the investors exploit (for individuals
> involved seldom come together against investors' exploitation).

It's tough to convince otherwise when you're coming from that point of 
view. Why do you think investors only exploit? They spot an opportunity, 
and they put in money to exploit the opportunity, not the people. If 
some exploit people in that pursuit, you have to blame that particular 
individual, not investors in general. It's possible to do business 
ethically, you know :).

> How would an Employee Agreement of a FOSS company differ from a
> Proprietary Company? While its total surrender of everything at
> Proprietary Companies for a monthly salary how are FOSS comapanies
> different in this regard?

At least in mine, all code that gets done for clients is closed, and the 
clients have full rights over it, and all code that gets contributed 
back to FOSS projects is open. And it's done on the company's dime. We 
just stick an MIT licence to it. Actually, there are plenty of startups 
that work this way.


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