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> -----Original Message----- > From: Vincent Jordan [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] > Sent: Monday, August 09, 2004 4:03 PM > To: [EMAIL PROTECTED] > Subject: [PHP-DB] Intellectual property rights > > This is a bit off topic however it may be something people here have or > will have the unpleasant opportunity to deal with. The company I work > for has been having a problem tracking our customers warranty > information and have used paper for items sent in for repair. I on my > own time had created a web based application in php that would make both > issues paperless, and in my own opinion getter overall. Once complete I > informed my supervisor of the application and asked if It could be shown > to the vice president for review, with the condition that this is my > application and I own all source and design of the application. My > supervisor said he would need our IT department to look it over before > it went to the VP. At the request of the IT department head I downloaded > the files and sql dump of the database to the company's server. The next > day I wad in the IT office talking with the director of IT and a 3rd > party company about the functions and design of the application. Because > they are all Microsoft weenies and cant admin a server unless they can > point and click their way to a fix they said php would not be an > acceptable language and mysql is not a proper database to run an > application on. I informed them I could rewrite this in asp.net and > place it on a mssql database. The IT director said they will be having > the 3rd party company just take what I have made, convert it to asp and > build off of it. > > I approached my supervisor about compensation for the work that was done > since they are using my design. I was told "you gave it to IT, there is > nothing I can do about it" I explained that this was given on the > condition that it would be shown to the VP and in hopes that I would > either gain a transfer to IT, be awarded a contract to provide the > solution and maintenance, or maintain my current position with a slight > raise and I will maintain and built onto the application. > > I went up the chain to my supervisors boss and explained to them what > had happened and that since they are using my design and altering it to > another language that I would like to be compensated for my work. I was > told that I did nothing but give them an idea and they were really doing > all the work since what I did was not good enough and their computers > could not understand what I wrote. > > The IT dept refuses to run anything besides Win Servers using IIS. They > will not install PHP ( too many hacker problems they say). > > Did I just screw myself? Do I have any protection of my design? Can I do > anything? > > > Thanks, > > Vinny -- PHP Database Mailing List (http://www.php.net/) To unsubscribe, visit: http://www.php.net/unsub.php