Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Mar 2014 14:48 UTC
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In early March, 2007, as Google was expanding fast and furiously, one of its recruiters from the "Google.com Engineering" group made a career-ending mistake: She cold-contacted an Apple engineer by email, violating the secret and illegal non-solicitation compact that her boss, Eric Schmidt, had agreed with Apple's Steve Jobs.

What happened next is just one of many specific examples of how people's lives were impacted by the Techtopus wage-theft cartel that was taken down by the Department of Justice antitrust division, and is currently being litigated in a landmark class action lawsuit.

This story sent shivers down my spine. What a bunch of horrible, unethical scumbags. Sadly, their criminal behaviour won't really have any meaningful consequences. These people reside above the law.

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dorin.lazar
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2006-12-15

No, it's not the same. This is an agreement not to hunt the other's employees. Which is only fair, given the fact that Google as an employer might be damaged due to unlawful contact of its new employee with patents and intellectual property that would belong to Apple.

I would probably have a similar clause if I was them.

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

No, it's not the same. This is an agreement not to hunt the other's employees. Which is only fair, given the fact that Google as an employer might be damaged due to unlawful contact of its new employee with patents and intellectual property that would belong to Apple.


Riiiiight, if only there were laws on intellectual property or industrial/corporate espionage that would allow Apple to take legal action against Google in such a situation... or things like contracts & contract law that Google could use to limit their own liability.

Someone should really get on that. But until there are formal laws & legal processes for that, I guess that Apple and Google just have no choice but to enter into secret anti-poaching agreements. Because it's not as if multi-billion dollar multi-national companies would ever try to do an end-run around proper legal channels just because it's cheaper/easier, amirite?

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