Section 1706 of the tax code was
inserted at the request of industry groups representing body shops. For most
programmers, it makes it illegal to operate as an independent contractor. The Programmer's Guild
Many companies include non-compete
clauses as part of employment agreements. Some companies uses these provisions
to prevent employees from changing jobs. The Programmer's Guild seeks
legislation to outlaw non-compete clauses.
Most people think of inventions,
such as the telephone and telegraph, when they think of patents. Unfortunately
the legal system has managed to extend patents to cover mathematical processes.
Software should be covered by copyright and not patents. The Programmer's Guild
seeks the abolishment of software patents. Software should be protected by
copyright. The Programmer's Guild is looking for people willing to take on the
roll of advocates against software patents.
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UCITA is a model legislative act
to standardize software licensing issues across the states. While in theory this
is a good idea, the Programmer's Guild opposes UCITA in anything like its
present form. A professional society such as the Programmer's Guild has a
responsibility to look at for the public interest as well as the interests of
its members. As it exists now, UCITA benefits software interests to the
exclusion of the public good.
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