I often find myself with free time at work, and our e-reader (I work for a small town newspaper) is not user friendly in the least. So in my free time, and sometimes off the clock, I began developing a better web application for viewing the newspaper online.
The application is intended primarily for the betterment of the company - but I'm doing something that I don't have to do, in free time where I would otherwise be twiddling my thumbs.
I explained to my boss what I was doing and asked if, after setting up the company with a free copy of the software, I could keep distribution rights.
He said that we'd have to discuss the specifics.
So that's where my question comes in:
What rights / ownership can I expect, ethically, or logically, over this software?
- I was hired as a designer, not a developer
- I've only signed a standard employment contract nothing that should cover software.
- The project is voluntary, in my free time
- I spent 50% of the development time "on the clock" and the rest I've stayed late to work on.