by Mike Masnick
Thu, Jul 1st 2010 11:18pm
THResq has a post about a lawsuit involving two companies who are focused on the business of finding the right set location for Hollywood films and movies. Apparently, it's a huge business. Universal Locations is upset that two of its employees went to a competitor called Site to Site Locations, and so they're suing, saying that the employees took trade secrets with them. The thing is, it appears that Universal Locations is trying to get past longstanding and well-established California laws barring non-compete agreements, because the state, reasonably, finds it ridiculous that you could ever be barred from making a living because you're too good at your job. Claiming "trade secrets" seems like an attempt to avoid that, but hopefully the court knocks that down pretty quickly by arguing against a ruling that would take away the ability of these two individuals to work in their field of expertise. Of course, it should come as no surprise that it's some movie industry companies making this argument. In a world where IP is highly overrated, no wonder they would think that they could effectively put DRM on former employees to keep them from competing in the same field.
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