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From: "Michael Painter"
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Subject: Re: Who owns your mind?
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Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 06:06:17 GMT
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"John Woodgate" wrote in message
> I read in sci.electronics.design that Mike wrote (in
> ) about 'Who owns your
> mind?', on Thu, 28 Nov 2002:
> >Our attorney assured us they
> >were all wrong: you are free to sign a contract in which you promise not
> >work as an engineer. There's nothing illegal about it.
> Making the contract itself is not illegal; it is illegal to *enforce*
> it. It's just like the Merchant's 'pound of flesh' - enforcement of such
> an unreasonable contract was probably illegal even in mediaeval Venice.
If a contract is legal then there is nothing illegal in taking action to
Almost every sale of a business will include a covenant not to compete and
it is usually easy to win, especially if good will is involved.
The "promising not to work as an engineer" seems nebulous but if it required
a promise not to work as an engineer in a particular endeavor it might well
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