Developers’ side projects


Blog post by Joel Spolsky

Pre-Reading Question


proprietary (adj.)
override (-rode, -ridden)
contractor (1099) vs. employee (W2)
patent (noun, regular verb), patentable (adj.)
disgruntled (adj.)
due diligence (noun phrase)
enforce (regular verb)
on paper (adverbial phrase)
ambiguity (noun), ambiguous (adj.)
chilling effect (noun phrase)

Main Activity

Read the article to find the relevant information to answer the following questions and see the keywords in context:

  1. In what legal cases does an employee or company own the intellectual property of an employee’s side project?
  2. What is biggest legal ambiguity in side projects?
  3. What are the four different approaches companies tend to take towards side projects?

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