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Intellectual Property via employer's Adobe License

New Here ,
Jun 02, 2020 Jun 02, 2020

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I have been given an Adobe Creative Cloud Account/License by my employer and I am also allowed to use it for personal projects and occasional freelancing work.

 

I am wondering wether using the Adobe programs with this account, paid for by my employer, somehow means they have some form of intellectual property claim/rights on my personal work because it was made with this license? 

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LEGEND , Jun 12, 2020 Jun 12, 2020
Ok, it depends I suspect on the contract of employment, and where it is not written in the contract, on the laws of the country and any professional standards you are obliged to uphold. You NEED the advice of a lawyer or union. The internet is not the place to get free legal advice, it is not worth half of what it costs.

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 13, 2020 Jun 13, 2020
"I am wondering whether using the Adobe programs with this account, paid for by my employer, somehow means they [the employers] have some form of intellectual property claim/rights on my personal work because it was made with this license?" I am neither an attorney nor giving you free legal advice.  But depending on who you work for and the terms of your employment contract, it could be more far-reaching than that. To give a real example, when I worked at a major university,  I had to sign a...

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LEGEND ,
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Are you asking whether Adobe have a claim, or whether your employer have a claim? (In all cases we cannot give legal advice; that's the law!)

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I asking wether my employer has a claim. 

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Jun 12, 2020 Jun 12, 2020

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Ok, it depends I suspect on the contract of employment, and where it is not written in the contract, on the laws of the country and any professional standards you are obliged to uphold. You NEED the advice of a lawyer or union. The internet is not the place to get free legal advice, it is not worth half of what it costs.

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New Here ,
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Thanks for your help! 

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"I am wondering whether using the Adobe programs with this account, paid for by my employer, somehow means they [the employers] have some form of intellectual property claim/rights on my personal work because it was made with this license?"

 

I am neither an attorney nor giving you free legal advice.  But depending on who you work for and the terms of your employment contract, it could be more far-reaching than that.

 

To give a real example, when I worked at a major university,  I had to sign a contract giving them half interest in anything I created while I was employed there.  It had nothing to do with whose equipment/software I used either.  I could have written a cookbook at home during off-work hours with paper and pens I purchased myself, it didn't matter.  Technically, they owned half of it. 

 

Ask your human resources dept for copies of everything you have signed.  If you are unsure about anything, ask for clarification and/or consult a legal expert.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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I'm shocked that an employer can tie you up to that extent, but I suppose this is what small print in a contract is for! Thanks for your help. 

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