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  1. #1
    Dick Guest

    Help for a programmer in need


    Hello All,

    I have a legal problem that your responses may help me with. I developed
    a dBase application back in 87 for my wife's jewelry store. Long story made
    short, sold about 700-800 copies of the DOS program. Picked up an equal partner
    in 93 because of the work load. He migrated software to Visual dBase 5.7
    and did a less than adequate job. The program has a GUI interface but a definite
    DOS procedural feel to it. Sales suffered, our relationship got so bad that
    I walked away from the business with nothing on June 18th to create software
    that I was once again proud of.

    Got together with two other guys and am creating software to a different
    standard in VB.NET. With a product that is still unfinished I have sold more
    copies of this software than I ever had in the same time period with the
    old products.

    My ex-partner is suing me on the grounds that my new VB.NET application is
    a copy of his Visual dBase 5.7 solution. Stevie Wonder could see the differences
    in these two programs.

    I'd like to know how any of you who might have experience with dBase and
    .NET development would attempt to make the differences known to a judge.
    I would really appreciate any input.

    Thanks a bunch. My email address: ****@ibisedge.com. My application defined
    at ibisedge.com.

    Thanks again

    ****



  2. #2
    Jonathan West Guest

    Re: Help for a programmer in need



    "****" <****@ibisedge.com> wrote in message
    news:3e454a42$1@tnews.web.devx.com...
    >
    > Hello All,
    >
    > I have a legal problem that your responses may help me with.


    You need to hire a good lawyer.


    --
    Regards
    Jonathan West


  3. #3
    Larry Serflaten Guest

    Re: Help for a programmer in need

    "****" <****@ibisedge.com> wrote
    > I'd like to know how any of you who might have experience with dBase and
    > NET development would attempt to make the differences known to a judge.
    > I would really appreciate any input.


    Get a lawyer involved, one familiar with copyrights and trademarks. He would
    know what you need to bring to the judge to show the significant differences.
    Unless you've transferred rights, the fact that you had prior work already on
    the market when your partner did his conversion, is going to significantly aid
    your case....

    LFS



  4. #4
    Paul Clement Guest

    Re: Help for a programmer in need

    On 8 Feb 2003 10:19:46 -0800, "****" <****@ibisedge.com> wrote:


    Hello All,

    I have a legal problem that your responses may help me with. I developed
    a dBase application back in 87 for my wife's jewelry store. Long story made
    short, sold about 700-800 copies of the DOS program. Picked up an equal partner
    in 93 because of the work load. He migrated software to Visual dBase 5.7
    and did a less than adequate job. The program has a GUI interface but a definite
    DOS procedural feel to it. Sales suffered, our relationship got so bad that
    I walked away from the business with nothing on June 18th to create software
    that I was once again proud of.

    Got together with two other guys and am creating software to a different
    standard in VB.NET. With a product that is still unfinished I have sold more
    copies of this software than I ever had in the same time period with the
    old products.

    My ex-partner is suing me on the grounds that my new VB.NET application is
    a copy of his Visual dBase 5.7 solution. Stevie Wonder could see the differences
    in these two programs.

    I'd like to know how any of you who might have experience with dBase and
    NET development would attempt to make the differences known to a judge.
    I would really appreciate any input.

    Thanks a bunch. My email address: ****@ibisedge.com. My application defined
    at ibisedge.com.

    Pretty much ditto what Jonathan and Larry said. I think it's going to depend largely upon the
    written agreements you had with your business partner (if any). But unless it's small claims action
    you will probably need to consult an attorney with experience in this area.


    Paul ~~~ pclement@ameritech.net
    Microsoft MVP (Visual Basic)

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