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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > AMD Prohibited Its Ex-Employees Reveal Trade Secrets

AMD Prohibited Its Ex-Employees Reveal Trade Secrets

AMD Prohibited Its Ex-Employees Reveal Trade Secrets

Added: Friday, June 7th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extrattorrent.com, 2013
It became known that AMD has recently won quite an unusual legal battle involving a number of AMD defectors who left the company and were lured to its largest comtetitor –Nvidia.

The company won a court order which banned its ex-employees from revealing trade secrets or soliciting their ex-colleagues to change sides and join Nvidia. The ex-workers were accused of borrowing sensitive company papers when they left the company and headed over the Nvidia.

AMD’s ex-employees allegedly transferred over 100,000 files pertaining to AMD’s GPU business before they departed. The company also claims that the employees made attempts to recruit their co-workers to leave AMD as well. So, US District Judge Timothy Hillman ruled that the company could win the lawsuit it launched this past January. The judge described AMD’s circumstantial evidence as compelling. This justified AMD’s request for a preliminary injunction. The judge pointed out that AMD’s ex-employees all made copies of confidential company’s information before leaving their jobs. They retained that data and immediately started working at a significant competitor. Everything shows that AMD really has a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits with regard to the company’s claims for misappropriation of trade secrets.

Despite the fact that the seditious ex-workers joined Nvidia, considered by many as AMD’s largest competitor, AMD isn’t suing Nvidia at the moment. But it might later – it depends on whether its ex-workers comply with the court order or not.

June 7th,2013

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Date:  Friday, June 7th, 2013

Comments (16) (please add your comment »)

posted by Site Friend (2013-06-07 16:12:39)
magiccrack avatarkeep us updated - sounds very interesting. I use amd processor and nvidia graphics, work well together so they do!! cheers for the article, very nice read, place to be - its ET

posted by ET loverSuperman (2013-06-07 17:29:29)
tonymengela avatarI am sure the signed NON-Compete when hired, so technically its true theft. Each person that crossed over should be held liable on personal level as well as Nvidia for helping them out

posted by (2013-06-07 18:32:53)
EpyxZ avatarlol @ tonymengela. Pretty comical considering where you are @ responding to this article. So considering that you know that 90% of all the torrents here are pirated you have said that YOU should be held liable for all copyright violations on all pirated torrents that you have downloaded. (IE your comment "I am sure the signed NON-Compete when hired, so technically its true theft. Each person that crossed over should be held liable on personal level as well as Nvidia for helping them out"). Hope the powers that be don't agree with you. If you consider what they have done is theft then i suppose you should be held accountable for all of your copyright violations also. You cannot hold one person up and SAY THIEF when you are clearly stealing yourself m8t.

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2013-06-07 18:37:45)
fusseltier avatarits only normal that ex employees aren't allowed to do that kind of stuff...
usually they can't even take that kind of job for a year if they have a no compete clause...

posted by (2013-06-07 21:00:02)
Souv avatarAccording to reports,besides copying those darn ex-workers also deleted huge number of sensitive files from AMD and xbox deals trade secrets.

posted by (2013-06-07 22:18:52)
ao1jmm avatarWell duh

posted by ET junkie (2013-06-07 23:42:50)
skulljockey avatarI'm not sure one could compare downloading movies for personal use only to taking sensitive materials from the workplace and passing them on to your new employer who happens to be a competitor. It makes no difference if one signed a non-compete clause or not. Any Judge would see it as work product and take subsequent action. I believe they call and it white collar crime. Furthermore any company that would ask for or accept files of a competitor wouldn't be in buisness long. Love to hear more about this as it unfolds. Great artical Sam thanks

posted by (2013-06-08 03:41:09)
Naxan avatar@#3 Again, the difference between torrenting this information and employees taking sensitive information to a competitor is "Damages". Whoever created all these crap movies (and whatever else) are losing no real or even potential income by my choosing to watch them as I would never have paid to watch it in the first place. Stealing trade secrets and exposing them to competitors has a huge affect on the profitability of a company, hence, "Damages". However, lets make no mistake as to the basic definition of "theft". Just realize that it matters only when it causes harm to someone else and is one reason all the torrent lawsuits have had a hard time winning in court.

posted by (2013-06-08 10:40:48)
EX_PAT avatarYea. i don't sign a contract saying i wont download every new movie i cant afford to pay to see.
And until they can force my ISP to relinquish my personal data they cant get me.
If they behaved so blatantly then they deserve to face up to it.
I mean, it must have crossed their minds at least once that this could happen?

posted by (2013-06-09 21:05:44)
bluntm8 avatarlol, its like saying that because I download movies, that I am not allowed to call a bank robber a thief. lol again

posted by (2013-06-09 22:01:15)
Unsub avatar@EpyxZ,
Really? That's your comparison? Sorry but the facts are on the side of tonymengela on this one. What happened at AMD would be (more) like one movie company going to the set of another movie company and stealing everything they had filmed and then editing it and releasing the movie as they're own work. But that still isn't close to what happened here. Research and development had to go into AMD's product and then further research and development goes into that for future products. This is exactly what people are arguing for when it comes to downloading a movie to watch for your own personal use, not to copy, sell and profit from. Especially, as many people will tell you, if they didn't download it they wouldn't have went to see it or bought the disc. No harm/no foul. If you go and steal the same movie from the store you won't get fined tens of thousands of dollars or instead be given the option to settle for a couple grand instead. What was stolen in AMD's case if that is found to be what happened would actually be Intellectual Property, which is probably where the problem stems from. Although movies, music, etc...fall under the same category, most would argue that there is a huge difference.

posted by (2013-06-10 10:05:41)
hoagysubhero avatarDon't see why this is being labeled unusual, these suits happen fairly routinely in the U.S., and the plaintiffs often prevail.

posted by ET loverSuperman (2013-06-10 14:37:23)
tonymengela avatar@ Epyxz Those people have put themselves in contract of non-disclosure, huge difference from downloading a few films. You also have a jaded view of what piracy really is. In order for piracy to occur profit has to be made. The only true pirates are people who steal original copies, them make copies to be sold for profit. I do not do that, I am a try before you buy kind of person. Everything I have kept I have a hard copy of the movie or file, and it is easier to just get a torrent so I can play it on the device. You should take the time and think more, it will make your life just a little better.

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverGirlSun (2013-06-10 19:02:25)
frostycarver avatar~~~WOW THAT GOT HEATED~~~ Now kiss da person to ur left
<~~~~ That girl to da left with the big hooters is not a thief I jus borrow:P

posted by (2013-06-11 03:30:22)
TimeBandits avatarI wonder if Nvidia purposely head hunted the AMD employees with the lure of more pay & better working conditions/hours?
Strange that so many AMD employees planned to leave together & collate the firms data to take with them?
The mystery deepens.

posted by (2013-06-11 08:28:50)
No avatarNot much of a shocker.
I had to sign an NDA for my company, we slice lettuce.
I could tell you how to slice lettuce, but then I'd have to kill you!

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