Would Leonardo Da Vinci Sign a Non Disclosure Agreement?
Imagine that you are Leonardo da Vinci and you are working on one of your famous drawings of some special mechanical device that will improve life in your city-state. Someone comes to you and says they have an idea, but they will not show it to you unless you promise to not tell anybody, or that if you improve upon their design then you must give that information to them. They tell you that they are interested in hiring you to help them fix their design, but will not make you an offer until they hear what kinds of changes you would make in their plans and drawings to perfect it. They know they need you, and they want to work with you, because they need your brain. Now suppose back then they had legal nondisclosure agreements and asked you to sign it. Would you? Well, if you are Leonardo da Vinci you would have nothing to gain and everything to lose in signing this. If you broke the agreement you would break your honor as a gentleman, or in this case you’d be breaking the agreement and