Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 12th Jul 2014 00:44 UTC

If you think only Apple, Google, Intel, and several other technology companies flagrantly broke the law by illegally robbing their employees of wages - think again. As it turns out, the digital animation industry - centering around Steve Jobs' Pixar, unsurprisingly - was just as bad.

[Pixar's] Catmull's deposition and emails from the lawsuit confirm that he was instrumental in operating a secret wage-theft cartel that violated the Sherman Antitrust Act. But it's even worse than you think. The cartel orchestrated in large part by Catmull robbed potential wages and job opportunities from thousands of animation industry workers at other studios, including DreamWorks, Lucasfilm, Robert Zemeckis’ ImageMovers, the now-defunct Orphanage, and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Pando Daily has the meat on this story (here and here).

The wage fixing scandal is way, way more sprawling than anyone could have originally anticipated. The sad thing is that the criminals behind this illegal behaviour - Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Eric Schmidt, George Lucas, Ed Catmull, and many, many more - will never have to face any serious consequences for their crimes.

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Jail time does have an impact on criminal behavior.

The irony of course is that the jail disincentive is typically applied to the wrong people. The threat of jail DOES work against people who already have a good life and would not want to lose it. This is your middle and upper class people.

Punitive sentences work very well on this segment of society. If CEOs were sent to jail for negligence, let's say GM's autoparts scandal or the whole financial industry, do you think their behavior would change? They're already very well paid. It would not be worth it for them to risk jail time in exchange for a greater bonus or profit.

Right now, for most executives, like the lower class criminal sent to jail, it is worth it for these executives to commit crimes or gross negligence. They can make even more money and have even more power, and the penalty they face... is just a fine.

The lower class person has little to lose. It is often worth the risk of drug dealing or being in a gang.

The problem of course comes that people don't want to apply jail time to middle and upper class people as they're typically, 'productive' members of society. Such is the irony of jail as a deterrent.

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