Originally Posted by murraypaul
But a contract is not a law, and violating one is not illegal.
In fact, yes, it is. It is not, generally speaking, criminal, but a civil violation is still a civil violation, and the fact that it's not a crime isn't much comfort when a court orders your employe to give 25% of your pre-tax paycheck to someone else.
And contract violations can, in fact, be criminal as well. Especially contracts regarding usage of copyright material.
And in the end, the fact that's not criminal doesn't make it any less dishonest. And if you make a promise you don't intend to keep, you're dishonest