1) I hire grad student to work on a project.
2) Grad student writes a program to do the work.
3) Grad student publishes some papers and the grant is completed.
4) Grad student defends dissertation gets PhD.
5) Grad student gets a job elsewhere.
6) I keep a version of the code.
7) I write a proposal to do something new with the code.
8) Grad student gets mad that I am using “his” code without permission from him or funding for him.
Has anyone else had a familiar experience?
My first response is to tell him to get over it. I paid for the code development and mentored him on the science behind the necessity of the code. My second response, because I want to help him out, is to offer to include him on whatever papers I/my new grad student writes with results from the code. My third response is to actually offer him a subcontract to pay him to help continue developing the code. My fourth response it to totally ignore his unhappiness and continue as if I had never received his email.
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