The Nation: Don't Think Now

Large corporations demand varying manifestations of loyalty from their employees, sometimes for fairly arcane reasons. Last week John Leonard, editor of the New York Times Book Review, stood eyeball to eyeball with CBS on the issue. Writing in his periodic column for the Book Review, Leonard looked askance at a personnel agreement that all CBS employees are required to sign. The employee must agree that "any 'Idea' (a writing, discovery, invention, design or intellectual or artistic property or creation of any kind or nature) which relates to or is suggested by my work for you and which is conceived or created...

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