Does your employer own your side projects?

There’s a surprising amount of misinformation out there about whether software companies own the work that a programmer does in their spare time.

From my answer to the question on answers.onstartups.com:

Being an employee of a high tech company whose product is intellectual means that you have decided that you want to sell your intellectual output.

Read the whole thing here:

If I’m working at a company, do they have intellectual property rights to the stuff I do in my spare time?

About the author.

I’m Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Trello and Fog Creek Software, and CEO of Stack Overflow. More about me.