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[Bug 1001291] New HAL for Cortex-M3 Smartfusion device


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Jonathan Larmour <jifl@ecoscentric.com> changed:

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--- Comment #16 from Jonathan Larmour <jifl@ecoscentric.com> 2011-10-13 17:36:47 BST ---
Hi Cristophe,

(In reply to comment #15)
> This work falls outside the scope of my work at STM and is not linked to STM
> whatsoever, therefore, I believed my FSF assignment should cover it, unless the
> assignment is also limited in time?

The assignment is not time limited.

However, unfortunately just because it is outside of the scope of the work at
STM does not mean that STM do not "own" it. Many employment contracts in our
industry say that all work performed, and intellectual property (IP) created,
by an employee is owned by the employer. Alternatively some employment
contracts say that all work and IP created using the employer's equipment
(including your development PC) is owned by the employer. This means if you
entirely created and developed it on your home PC, then that would be fine.

So the question is, what does your employment contract say? I would expect all
employment contracts to say something somewhere about the ownership of IP you
create. And if it says nothing then we may have to assume it _might_ be
covered. Of course if, as you say, it is not related to STM and STM have no
interest, then at least it shouldn't be difficult to obtain the copyright
disclaimer again, as a precaution.

Jifl

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