questionsdid you know that by applying for a creative job…

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It's just legalize to protect them. Many companies state similar things but the actions they mention are for the most part unenforceable.

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Saw that on Twitter; bites. So much small print everywhere. Interview for a job, give up your ideas. Protects Sony, I guess, if they come up with a next hot thing two years after someone's interview that's even tangential to an idea seen in a portfolio.

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That sucks, but I'm not surprised. We had a similar clause in college.
Any ideas or machines or patents that you create during your enrollment or employment at Georgia Tech are the property of the Institute. They have a whole department dedicated to working with students and faculty to untangle the mess when a really good idea takes hold.

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@lumpthar: Umm...that's a little different than applying for a job. How can you even take your portfolio to another job interview after they own it (theoretically)?

I guess the trick would be to only have stuff in your portfolio that was already a work for hire for someone else - that way you don't own any of it anymore to begin with.

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@omnichad: I know it's different. That's why I said "similar".
I guess the bottom line is that if you apply at Sony, you better be damn sure that you get the job. Otherwise you're completely screwed.
I would bet that other places (Disney?) have similar clauses too. It makes me wonder ho enforceable the clause really is.

Really it's an indictment on the employer. They created this clause because they know that the hiring process is a good source for new ideas, even if no one is hired.

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@lumpthar: I think Disney is just as bad or worse.

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Read the comments. These clauses are rather standard in the business, are are there to try and buff the company against lawsuits from people who claim that their ideas submitted to a studio as part of a portfolio were stolen.

Also, if you read this, these clauses are completely unenforcable and probably illegal. There is also an interesting theory that they presence of such an overly broad, and potentially illegal clause could invalidate the entire agreement.

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I'm not worried because I'll never apply for any job with them. Thanks for the warning anyway.