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    How can I ensure that my small business owns all the code my developers write?


    Do any of you wonderful DevShedders have any "example" contracts for hiring developers? Particularly, a "do this project" type of arrangement?

    I want something good enough and clear enough that going to court is well out of the question.
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    Originally Posted by Decker87
    Do any of you wonderful DevShedders have any "example" contracts for hiring developers? Particularly, a "do this project" type of arrangement?

    I want something good enough and clear enough that going to court is well out of the question.
    I do have "example" contracts for hiring developers. However, I would seriously recommend you go to a lawyer to have them create a sample contract for you. Many business lawyers already have templates of these types on hand. As laws vary from state to state, a contract I have may not work for you for various reasons. For things like this, you would want to talk to a lawyer. I understand that you may not want to fork out the money on a lawyer, but think of it this way... If you get a contract from us that may end up having a loophole or two because we're not lawyers... you may end up being out more money that it would have cost for you to go to a lawyer that knows your business and the laws where you are. It's definitely worth the money to discuss your needs with a lawyer so they can give you an ironclad contract for where you are.

    In case you missed the moral of my rambling.... Talk to a lawyer..

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