About a year ago I was offered what I thought was an hourly pay job for an at home programming job. I was lead down the hourly rate path in the pre contract signing discussions. I signed contracts agreeing not disclose any trade secrets or propriety information. I also agreed NOT to develop lab software for 3 years after I quit. About 2 months later just as I was getting ready to start on some of the projects the company owner said that must bid a dollar amount on each item and it must accepted before I can start. I disagreed with the owner and their were many exchanges of words between us so I claimed in a local paper under legal notices that I am no longer performing any services for them. I was never paid any money and I never wrote any code.
I returned his software and all paperwork via a signed delivery with FedEx and I removed all of his software from my computer and performed a low level format of my hard drive. I then reinstalled all of my software. His software was all open source VBA code in MSAccess so any individual working for any of his clients who uses this software system also has 100% total access to the code. He calls it open ended code because his clients must sign contracts before he sales it to them.
All of this is some of the background to date. It is now nearly a year later and I want to start developing Computer Games in a computer language that is no way related to VBAAccess. In fact my applications will all be compiled into machine language. I have no need for any of his VBAAccess code what so ever that is used in his lab software since my code is more likely to be C++ or C# compiled for Computer Games but I have a concern since I told him to shove it and just in case I actually make a game that becomes a success...
Is their a high probability that he could convince a judge to force me into discovery and allowing him to look at my Computer Game code?
Is their a high probability that he could convince a judge a to get an injuction freezing any sales of the Game Software?
Another Note,,, Most all Game Source Code is extremely well guarded do to the fact that it takes many many many hours just develop the render engine alone not to mention the other aspects of the 3d visual effects within the game. Many game programmers do not even like the idea of giving a chunk of the code out for copyright protection. Being forced by a judge to show any code would pretty much be total destruction to the company.