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Because generally speaking we get paid a wage instead - and most employment contracts specify that everything created during the period of employment is the property of the employer, not the employee.
It is possible to be a royalty - I have one on the real time software for a couple of products - but that's generally only agreed if you are a contractor and it reduces the up-front or hourly payments.
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ok, so additional notes. I have a good friend who is a very good songwriter. He is under contract to a studio. He writes a ton of songs and gets paid a wage. Some of his songs he will never get paid a royality for and he doesn't think he should. There are a few were he 'might' get paid.
Not sure how this is different right now than our industry. If I write something that makes it to the big leagues I will be compensated acccordingly. And just like my friend if he gets a #1 best seller, he will get a share of the cut(along with everyone else involved). But if his song is the 8th song on an album by some group that barely sells, well he gets his salary.
Seems to me they work just like our industry.
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Well, many good comments here, but for me the honest truth is I wouldn't know where to send my contract money based on the fact most of my code is copy/pasted from googling. I have no idea who wrote the original, but I have no intention of reinventing the wheel.
I used to have a manager who delighted in telling me how much the bank saved/made from the applications we developed, I delighted in the monthly payment he made to my account. We were both rather pleased with ourselves.
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Had to phone the govertment 'help' line, I swear they have taken the Brazil method, the voice recognition is c**p, the older systems of press '1', '2','3' for a set of options with '9' for none of the above worked (not well, but better than the voice recognition). I don't think I have a very heavy accent, I am starting to wonder. It seems you need a number, that comes from a form you need the number from. Leading to the call that cuts off...