A friend said I could retell this, if I kept it anonymous:
bloop doesn't release code because the executive levels can't differentiate between things merely used and produced as a byproduct and things integral to its business.
glurppwas something just like that - written at work to support some business requirements but I was told to pretend that I'd invented it myself and during off hours. I could then release the code and bypass the executive constipation.
Sad. I'm not sure if there's a (legal and satisfying) solution to this.