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Developer & Contributor Program Agreement

Before completing this application, you should get an understanding of the overall Developer program by clicking here.

 Developer Application/Agreement
  1. In this agreement "You" and "Your" refer to you as a potential Developer.  "We", "us", and the "Company" refer to the Software Workshop Inc, it successors and assigns.  In exchange for the opportunity to work closely with us in future development, make bids on future work, receive payments, and name recognition you agree to all the terms specified below.
  2. Your agree this is 'work made for hire'.  That any copyright/patent or other privileges that may exist and normally might be allocated to you, the author, belong to the Software Workshop, as employer.  You will be treated as an independent contractor.
  3. In exchange for us taking complete ownership of your work, we give you an opportunity to be paid at the specified rate.  We will always give you credit by putting your name/email (if you desire) in comments with the source code.
  4. You understand that if you DO NOT wish to lose these rights you may just release your changes to the community at large.
  5. There is NO confidentiality or claim of proprietary nature expected in any exchange of ideas or proposals for work to be done.  This includes communication in writing, via email, at a website, or phone between you and us. Anyone in the community (including non-developers) may do the work in any manner they see fit, e.g.  if we propose a novel idea for MySQL at our website or in a work proposal and you decide to implement it independently from us, that is fine -- the reverse is also true.  If we like your idea and choose to implement it ourselves, or have the work done by another Developer, that is fine.
  6. If we come to terms over development time and schedule, we will give you a contract for the work.  Time periods for performance will be specified in the contract terms. If you deliver your changes on time and they pass our internal tests  (and any bugs are fixed) we will pay you the agreed amount.   If you miss a deadline without excusal from us, we get complete rights to whatever you have given us with no payment required. If we miss a test deadline without excusal from you, we have to pay you the full contract amount (bugs or not, complete or not), but we still get complete rights to whatever you have given us.
  7. Our goal is to develop trust with a core group of Developers we can work with.  The terms above may seem harsh to the Developer, but they are designed to keep our management overhead at a minimum and prevent disputes about intellectual property and confidentiality. 

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