I am 192 hours into a project and NOW the owner of the company (not the one who I have been working with) wants a contract signed which includes the assignment of copyright ownership. My rate was based on the exclusive use of the application as a complete work for use by this company only.
They tell me now that they want to licence/sell the app to other companies in their industry.
My question is, how have any of you dealt with the assignment of copyright (Ownership of the source code). Do you work at an increased hourly rate?, Negotiate a flat rate for the transfer of copyright? Since there is much more they want to do it is impossible to know how much more code there will be for them to own so doing a flat rate agreement today doesn’t seem wise.
In all my years of coding this has never come up.