Techie Cop

Now, this is interesting news. Especially to all those who think that programming is something that only a software developer has birth rights to. I found it really amusing though personally I dont agree that David has any right over the software code.

Eighteen months ago, the State Patrol praised trooper David Meredith for going beyond the call of duty by developing time-saving software that helps officers write traffic tickets electronically.

“Meredith is credited for accomplishing more in one year than software companies have in five years,” the State Patrol said in a press release in May 2005, when Meredith received a special honor for his work on the software.

Now, he is suing the head of the patrol, saying the state is trying to illegally seize the source code to software he developed on his own time and had hoped to market.

But the State Patrol argues that Meredith never owned the program because his bosses directed him to write it while he was on the clock. Plus, the state says it is barred by contract from developing it commercially.

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  1. #1 by Courtney Benson on January 17, 2007 - 11:04 am

    A difficult spot to be in. I do think the guy has a right to sell his product and the state should pay up and leave him alone. If he does not win the case, he should come up with a better mouse trap that has advanded “got to have” features, an appealing price point, and fantastic marketing. He’ll beat them at their own game.

  2. #2 by Courtney Benson on January 17, 2007 - 11:05 am

    A difficult spot to be in. I do think the guy has a right to sell his product and the state should pay up and leave him alone. If he does not win the case, he should come up with a better mouse trap that has advanced “got to have” features, an appealing price point, and fantastic marketing. He’ll beat them at their own game.

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