RE: ethics, morals in documentation?

Subject: RE: ethics, morals in documentation?
From: Marguerite Krupp <mkrupp -at- cisco -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 16:20:44 -0400

To interject a note of reality into the discussion of morality and ethics,
it is not uncommon for software providers (and other companies) to offer
what is known as a "rebranding" option. That is, they sell the product in
volume to a third party, and that third party puts its own name and logo on
the product and sells it as its own. Happens all the time.

As I understand it, that's pretty much what's happening in this case, except
that the company who makes the product knows what that the third party is
going to use the rebranded product for, and the product's producer is giving
its employees a choice. Most of us don't get that choice, which is probably
just as well. Tough call, ethically. Each of us has to draw his or her own
line in the sand.



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