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Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Missoula, MT
Insane since: Jan 2003

IP logged posted posted 08-07-2003 19:33 Edit Quote


I have an opportunity to work on a website for someone, but it is not the way I am used to working.

Normally, I get contracted to do server-side programming work (work for hire), but this guy wants me to become a partner and recieve a share of net profits (if any). Because of the purpose of the site, I want to make sure that I won't be involved in a libel suit if someone sues the other guy (not that I think it will happen, but it could).

Am I safe from involvement, or can I make a contract with the other guy or put some agreement on the website that will take care of the issue?

I would appreciate any thoughts you might have on the matter, Thank you!

Maniac (V) Inmate

From: The Land of one Headlight on.
Insane since: May 2001

IP logged posted posted 08-07-2003 22:32 Edit Quote

I think you've answered your own questions.

You obviously don't feel comfortable with the scenario for several reason.

It's not the way you're used to working. That shouldn't be enough to scare you off BUT things like partnerships and sharing net profits, if any, in lieu of cash should really be sounding bells. And even if you don't 'think' it will happen you obviously have concerns about the purpose of the site possibly leading to you being sued.

In order to come up with a contract that would cover your ass I'd say you'd be needing a competent lawyer. I mean it.. really. Do you think you know enough legalise to write something that would cover you? And then there's that nagging incidental of just who would pay for that counsel if you're doing this work for doubtful 'futures.'

I'd try to put forward something like.

I've given your proposal serious consideration and I thank you for the offer but initially I would prefer a cash for service arrangement as I have committments that require an income. As we move on and if your generous offer of a partnership still stands we can look into that when the time comes.

You haven't gunned him off... you've simply made him aware that you put a value on your work and expect to be paid for it.

But like I said... I think you've answered your own questions... go back and read it a few times...

Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Missoula, MT
Insane since: Jan 2003

IP logged posted posted 08-08-2003 00:10 Edit Quote

NoJive: Thanks for the comment. I guess I will just think about it for a while longer . . . I think I will try to change things to "work for hire" (I know the guy, and I have no problems helping him out up front for money later).

Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: :morF
Insane since: May 2000

IP logged posted posted 08-10-2003 12:39 Edit Quote

I have a rule which I follow in my working life: 'Never work for friends'. Putting yourself in a Employer/employee or even Client/Contractor position with them can create alot of strain on the friendship, and so I try to avoid it at all costs

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