I have read many times this post
The post was written by the German Federal Youth Council and basically says that the owner of a file is the person who first created it and not the firm.
And I do not think that the work done during working hours in our office, belongs to the person that created it. I simply do not think so and it is not fair to a firm. Also, I do not think that transferring ownership file by file or folder by folder is not manageable when you have several hundreds or thousands of files and folders.
Last, but not least, I do not believe that the very first person that created a blank document is the owner of all the work done in that document, when later tens of people have worked in that document.
That said, when somebody leaves our firm we have to deactivate the account instead of deleting it. That causes that after 5 years over 20 users that are no longer working in the company, appears in the user list, for example to share files.
I will explain my case. We are a small office with 3-4 employees. We usually have trainees that stay from 1 to 3 months. They produce docs, photos, or libreoffice Calc sheets and other stuff.
In the past we shared some folders with them, when they needed to work in a specific project and they put there files. It looked the most efficient way to work.
We don’t do that any more. Now we share folders with them, but they cannot edit or add docs, we have to go each time through the painful process of sending the files by e-mail, and each of the employees have to put the files in there. I think that it is a waste of time and resources when the trainees could do it themselves. However, I find no other option.
That said, this is the only approach we can think of, so this is the way we do it. When a trainee finishes his training period, we can now delete the user safely, but we are now stuck with the other over 20 trainees that we cannot delete and that always appear as a share option.
Hope I explained myself well.
It is just a protest, who am I to protest against the German Federal Youth Council about the ownership of the files produced in my company?
Thanks for your attention