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By lorna cole ·
We do application development for clients and most times they request for the source code to be surrendered. What if this involves COM? Can we retain the COM components and merely surrender COM.dll files to the client? The retained components contain generic information only. It will not contain any customised requirements which are proprietorial to our clients

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by JohnyBoy In reply to Application development

It all depends what your contract says. Saying that it is possible to write an application that all code is within the dlls the application only holds the UI and the calls into the dlls. I think that you should decide why yo wish to keep the source code a secret, I would like to think that you keep a copy, the only issue is that the client you are doing the work can enhance the product without coming back to you. If this is the case then you should be charging more for you work, as it is a one-off. I have some programs that I have written and have charged a very small sum, but before the work was carried out the contract says that if they want the source code this would cost them X amount more. Hope this helps.

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by tjc In reply to Application development

When working as a contractor and people say they want the code, what they mean is they want all the equipment used to create the finished product, so infact it really goes beyond the source code, it includes the compiler and any other controls that you may be using in the program. What you needed to do before starting the project was to get in writting exactly waht they want. Also you should have included that the language you are using they need to purchase on there own copy of the compiler and also they need to purchase the controls that are used, seprately from what you purchased and are using as your own "royalty free" use. that way they can make changes on there own leaglity (sp). Else if they use your custom controls they will be breaking the law, and if you transfer over to them the controls then you can not develop with them, unless you re-buy them.

So it really comes down to what does the contract say? If you didn't specify what got transfered to them in the contract then you want to consult your lawyer.

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by csmith In reply to Application development

Consider the licence option.
Regards, Chris

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