[Ilugc] Employee Agreement of a FOSS company

Arun Venkataswamy arun289 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 3 17:09:41 IST 2008

On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 12:24 PM, ம. ஸ்ரீ ராமதாஸ்|Sri Ramadoss M <
amachu at ubuntu.com> 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).

I am sorry I can't understand the context of the term 'exploitation'. Do you
mean to say that that in prop software companies - (a) In monitory terms,
the investor makes way too much money and parts with very small amount to
the employees and you belive this is wrong like a union? or (b) In
knowledge/philosophy terms that the knowledge gained or IP generated in a
project is 'owned' by the investor but not the employee? And the employee
cannot use it for his or her own benifit?

How ever you look at it-

I belive knowledge should be free and shared. I run a fully owned company
myself and I have the power and capacity to make my principles the
principles of my company. Profit or loss, both or mine.

In most software companies... read corporates - are faceless entities run
with huge sums of money invested by the investors. The primary goal of any
corporate entity is profit, profit, profit. That's why they exist. The
professionals who run these companies are evaluated based on thier ability
to maximise profit. Unless the FOSS company is non-profit or run through a
fund, I guess employee agreements would be very simlar. But correct me if I
am wrong if I thought that any run-for-profit FOSS company will be based on

I know there are exceptions, but they are very few. I deal with corporates
everyday and they are all the same greedy entities whether their base is
Automotive/Software/Pharma......... Again, I am only talking about greed and
not ethics.

Arun Venkataswamy

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