Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Intellectual Property Theft in India Exposes Risks of Outsourcing

Outsourcing has been a hot topic of late, especially with the Democrativc ticket emphasizing it before and during the convention. Common wisdom is that lower foreign labor costs makes outsourcing an attractive alternative for businesses, whether they be manufacturing jobs or, more recently, tech jobs such as programming. This press release from PRWeb points out that a potential problem with outsourcing tech jobs lies in the area of IP protection, and details the story of an Indian woman who used her Yahoo email account to send copied files out of her workplace.

Intellectual Property Theft in India Exposes Risks of Outsourcing: "SAN CARLOS, CA (PRWEB) August 4, 2004 -- Jolly Technologies, a California based software manufacturer, today reported the recent theft of portions of its source code and confidential design documents of one of their key products at their recently opened research and development center in Mumbai, India. According to the report obtained from the Indian branch, Sudha Iyer, a recently hired 25-year-old female software engineer and resident of Jogeshwari, Mumbai, carried out the theft. Iyer used her Yahoo email account, which now allows 100 MB of free storage space, to upload and ship the copied files out of the research facility. Fortunately, Jolly Technologies detected the theft and is trying to prevent Sudha Iyer from further distributing it."

- posted by laurie @ 8/04/2004 08:13:00 AM
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