An anonymous reader writes: I've been involved in a group of programmers working together with some new coding technology in "hack-a-thon" sessions. Everyone in the group contributed code and ideas to the project. I was not paid in anyway for my work or services, nor do I believe was anyone else. Now it appears that a venture capital group as taken an interest in the project and is offering to buy it. As I have no agreement signed with the guy the VC is talking to, it seems like I've been cut out of the loop. Do I have any recourse here? I want the project to succeed, but don't want to work hard to make someone else rich.