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Re: reinvent (for GPL) code u wrote for employer who owns it?

From: Barry Margolin
Subject: Re: reinvent (for GPL) code u wrote for employer who owns it?
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 20:55:13 -0400
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In article <>, (Name withheld by request) wrote:

> How might one ethically/legally re-write a suite of scripts one wrote
> for a former employer, so that the new code may be shared under GPL?

IANAL, but I think this is likely to be difficult.  You have to ensure 
that your new code looks nothing like the old code.

The GPL is irrelevant to this question, it's the same problem no matter 
how you plan on licensing the new code, unless your old employer gives 
you permission.  Otherwise, there's likely to be a presumption that you 
copied some of your previous code, which you don't have rights to (the 
copyright belongs to the ex-employer).

Barry Margolin,
Arlington, MA
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