Jeff Longland

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Enjoying One's Work and IPO

I’m a geek. I’m on a computer all day at work and I spend a good part of my evening (transitioning into early morning hours as I write) on a computer. As I’ve commented earlier, I’m grappling with the issue of intellectual property ownership in an environment where the typical nine-to-five day doesn’t exist. I’ve sent email at all hours of the day and I’m less and less surprised when I get a 5:03am response to my 4:59am email. There are simply people coming and going at all hours of the day and technology obviously facilitates such movements. A definition of ownership as work completed during a specified period is difficult for me to grasp. When I’m at home I may be puttering on one of my computers and answering a few emails or trying something I haven’t had a chance to play with. Does my physical location have any significance in defining ownership? The rising popularity of smartphones and PDAs would lead me to say no. That said, this isn’t my area of specialty… just an interest from someone who empathizes with those who enjoy their work and how they’re credited.


Written by jlongland

February 24, 2006 at 2:10 am

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  1. The definition cited to you by Diaz and McGee may work in the days before cell phones and home Internet connections. The more work intrudes upon home, the less this definition makes sense. Information professionals like ourselves may be among the worst affected as we


    February 24, 2006 at 5:50 pm

  2. Ezra – I think I missed a hunk of your comment. Yay WordPress!


    March 7, 2006 at 3:52 pm

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