Not that I have any reason to suspect that this would happen, but to be diligent, I need some advice on this.
I have been invited on board with a promising new Software as a Service web project, having contributed significantly as a freelancer on the the project to date. It is now time for version 2, to rebuild the application so that we can scale and grow the business.
The team get on very well, but I'm likely to have to contribute around three months of unpaid time as my end of the bargain, and will likely not see any real money for 6 months to 1 year.
What I need to be careful of, is that once the core build is over, how I can keep myself from being cut out (again, there is no distrust here). What is the best way to protect my intellectual property here?
The company I'm working with will need sole rights to use the software. Should I be thinking about licensing? What sort of license is required here? What sort of costs might I incur getting this tied up legally?