Tuesday, December 25, 2007

My TWO Ethical Dilemmas for this week!




1. If pirated software is an act of stealing, does that mean I should pay back a fortune to redeem myself for all the operating systems, games, videos, cassettes, utilities...etc that I have used during my life?


2. In almost every contract we sign with a company, there is the almost impossible paragraph on secrecy that is binding even after termination of contract; you know the one about not releasing any technical, financial, marketing...., in short any information gained during work at the company. Is this even possible?!? I mean, once you quite your old work and move on, the experience you have gained is definitely technical, financial, administrative...etc. That's why you're being hired in the first place for your experience!!! how can you keep it secret or not use it and educate people that are under you?!

4 comments:

Bilalٍ said...

Ok, lets talk first about the secrecy thing. I guess the soul and the intent of this clause is not to release any copy-writed material or software or inventions to any third party such as using the same accounting system in another company or the warehouse management system or software. for example, talking about our X-company, you should not use thier VBC, Talisman or manhour rates, estimation procedure, etc..other than that, its just general information and way of thinking.
Regarding software, i guess you should forget about the past and think about the future. But, can we really buy original copies now in Jordan? Can you pay hundreds of JDs for Windows and office

M Kilany said...

Bilal,
I hope this soul thing is what we actually do...

But you mentioned estimation procedures... Manhour rates, are you going to force your brain to forget the manhours when you start estimating... or just invent a new way...

As for original copies from this day forward... hmmm, can we? I don't think so... Should we drop CAD from schools as well...

Hani Obaid said...

1. The difference with piracy is you're not actually taking some physical product from someone. Although it can be argued that you would have had to buy the product if you didn't pirate it. Most pirates can't afford to pay for the products they pirate. A 300JD Jordanian employee isn't going to pay a third of their salary for a computer game, or an accounting software. A business on the other hand should definitely pay for all the software they use.

2. I signed such a contract myself. many companys add a clause where you are not allowed to work for a company that manufactures a product for the same purpose for 2-3 years after completing your contract.

M Kilany said...

Hani,
1. hmmmm, true it's not physical but it's also not possible for all the students to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to learn how to use software that might affect their recruitment chances! I just don't know... Part of me wishes there could be a middle ground where the software developers get some money and the other side is also not ripped off... maybe your suggestion is a base... companies must buy... individuals can pirate! or pay a discounted fee say 95% discount :)

2. ooh that clause was there as well on my contract, if I work with a competitor I have to pay 10 times my salary... But I deleted that paragraph, it's not fair :) for God's sake who else would I work for after a few years in the construction materials... A Travel company!