Hi everyone .. new to the forum. Glad to find this resource!
Can anyone offer help in the area of preventing code theft?
We had a contractor create a custom-built, web-based software that registers users for our athletic events, and keeps a points tally on their racing results.
Our big goal this year is to resurface our website and part of that involves tapping into the current database and system. The contractor who built it is not capable of doing this for us, so we've started working with a web development firm to help us create a new site, active publishing system and a whole slew of stuff.
They have asked for copies of the database and code, so they can figure out what's not working with this custom system (we've had some serious issues with it and the contractor) and where they can farm data to create rich content for site visitors.
What's to prevent them from stealing this code? Is there something we should have them sign before we hand over the files?
(BTW - I'm a complete NEWBIE to all of this. Previously the editor of the website, so I'm in over my head : )
Personally, I trust that they will not steal the code and I can't see any instance where this stuff would apply to another business. But I just want to make sure we're protecting our investment.