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    Programmer stealing your code?

    I have a script a programmer programmed for me a while back. I want to upgrade it unfortunately the programmer who coded it isn't available anymore. Therefore, I have to hire a new coder.

    Here is my problem:
    I am afraid that this programmer might steal my code (funny video type script) and resell it to other people. Is there anyway to prevent this from happeneing?

    What's your experience on having a different programmer developing your site?

    Thanks

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    The risk is there, it all depends on how serious is the programmer.

    But after all, what prevented the original programmer from stealing your code in the first place? That code wan far more valuable to the original programmer (that knew the code by heart) than to the second programmer (not his won code)

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    Sure there is a risk. You can limit your risk by having the programmer sign a contract... and making sure the contract is enforceable.

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    Find someone who has spent time and energy developing a good reputation and the risk of damaging that reputation is more costly than the script is worth. Only lawyers benefits from litigation.

    Also nothing is developed from scratch. Your programmer probably was 'inspired' by code from other projects when he/she wrote your project.

    I have even heard that even Microsoft has fragments of open source code in its codebase.

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    Choose a programmer who lives in the same country you do, and have him sign a non-disclosure agreement
    If you are rich, patent it


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