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Standard programming contract?

from the client's perspective



3:17 pm on May 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I'm in the US and I'm hiring some programmers, some in the US and some not. I'd like to have them sign a standard sort of contract. They'll be hired based on an hourly wage and what they'll be working on will constantly change so I don't need a proposal in the contract. If things don't work out, I'll just have them stop working and I'll stop paying them. After some research, these are the things I think should be included:

independent contractor status: The programmer is an independent contractor and not an employee.

confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement: The programmer can not use or share my company's code.

work for hire: The programmer is not entitled to any ownership of my company and everything he creates for my company is owned exclusively by my company.

warranty of originality: The programmer will not use previously-written code that he does not have permission to use.

Did I miss anything? Is there a source for standard contract stuff like this?


5:15 pm on May 28, 2012 (gmt 0)

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That's pretty standard, but confidentiality and trust is a hopeful.


8:36 am on May 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Would you say just sign up for the $7.99/month LegalZoom contract subscription and download a bunch of their stuff that matches the above?


9:48 am on Jun 5, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Should the contract be any different when hiring a system administrator instead of a programmer?

The sysadmin I want to hire wants a clause in the contract that says he will license me (perpetual, royalty-free, non-transferable) any work he creates for me and that he reserves the right to open-source such work if it would not disclose confidential information, reduce competitive advantage, or otherwise pose a risk for either of us.

He says he wants to be able to re-use or open-source monitoring tools, templates, or modules, and I think that's fine. What do you think?

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