Re: Technial documentation copyright issue

Subject: Re: Technial documentation copyright issue
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2013 23:52:17 -0500

I hate to answer this as the answer won't sound good. But based on things observed in the past, I think:

1. B will probably skirt by with minor problems, which is why the JV was formed.
2. For C, it depends on where the JV was formed - in China or in US.
2a. If in China, then the law won't cause C much problems much problems at all.
2b. If in US, then C will take the brunt of the hit.
3. A will skirt with little more than bad press, which will be forgotten 2 months later. The little more might be lack of business with D, but A will already have all of D's intellectual property and will just continue to produce it under a newly named company E which will be wholly owned by A.
4. D will probably go after B if 2a occurs.

New international laws are trying to eliminate some of this, and may.

In the end, B and D will scratch their heads, wonder why A would do something like this, without any inkling that just because B and D have certain ethics that are somewhat in sync, other parts of the world have their own ethics that may have little in common with B's or D's ethics.

Most people fail to remember, ethics isn't about right or wrong, it is about setting standards for living and then complying with them. Hell's Angels have a very strict set of ethics and follow them well. So does the Mafia.



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Sent: Sunday, March 03, 2013 9:42 PM
Subject: Technial documentation copyright issue


I am aware of a situation like this from one of my friends:


A Chinese company (A)is having a JV (C) with another American company(B) and the staff of Chinese company is making documentation for a kind of product manufactured/assembled at its facility.The Chinese staff is making use of illustration of B's competitor(D),another American company.


There are two facts:
1. B licenses C to manufacture that product at A's facility.
2. Before the JV occurs, A has a habit of blending pieces of documentation(including illustration) of foreign companies in the same industry.

At present, everything is fine. In the long run, will there be legal ramifications for A and B?
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