[linux-elitists] Save Chip!
Thu Jun 30 22:19:22 PDT 2005
Ouch. They took his computer?!
Let's get them!
Seriously, I think he has a good case in that he had not gone outside of
the scope of his job duties. However, this type of unnecessary harassment
screams emotional distress suit to me.
I mean, nevermind the fact that they took action by force, that in
itself is extremely concerning. Actually convinced a judge to get a
warrant, entered his home...?!!!
They took his computer... his router...
would that not cause anyone some distress.
counteraction, of course!
On Thu, 30 Jun 2005, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> Chip Salzenberg, sometime contributor to this list, though I believe he
> may have other FS credentials is currently under legal action from
> his (presumably former) employer, one Health Marketing Science of King
> of Prussia, PA.
> The story's on Slashdot:
> Perl's Chip Salzenberg Sued, Home Raided
> The Courts | Posted by jamie on 03:30 PM June 30th, 2005
> from the whistleblower dept.
> Chip Salzenberg writes "In April of this year, Health Market Science
> of King of Prussia, PA, told police that they feared I was
> misappropriating trade secrets. That very afternoon, police raided
> my house with a search warrant to seize every computer in the house,
> paper files, CDs, and DVDs... even my wireless router and cable
> modem!" Chip was the pumpking for perl's 5.004 release. Keep reading
> for his description of his current legal troubles, and for a
> shortcut into what he says prompted his former company's actions,
> read his letter warning about abuse of open proxies.
> Chip continues: "The key evidence in the search warrant was so
> ridiculous as to be surreal: CVS logs indicating that I downloaded
> more than I uploaded, and that I sometimes accessed the company
> network from home. Apparently, for company management, the police,
> and a judge, working at home through a gateway the company set up
> for that very purpose, and refraining from editing every source file
> for every code change, is a sign of nefarious behavior.
> My behavior in accessing the company network was entirely within my
> job description and in no way involved misappropriation of anything.
> For the more than two years that I worked at HMS, I used ssh and CVS
> to access company files with my laptop both from work and home, with
> management knowledge and approval.
> What would lead management to such a sudden action? Days beforehand,
> I had made an internal report of unethical and apparently illegal
> behavior by the company: Use of open proxies for web harvesting to
> avoid blockage by web site operators. HMS apparently decided that
> working with me to address their use of open proxies was not an
> I'm aware that we're hearing only one side of the story at this point,
> but I'm inclined to see that Chip receives all the help he can stand.
> Seems that there might be folks on this list, or known to this list, who
> may have been victims of the harvesting efforts. Coordinating evidence
> of such activities might be useful.
> Otherwise, I know we've got some lawyers in the community as well, would
> very much like to have any who can assist.
> 1. For the sarcasm impaired: he's among the leading Perl developers,
> and was pumpking (release manager) for the 5.004 release.
> Karsten M. Self <email@example.com> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
> What Part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?
> I dunno what you're / smoking, but I would like to / have a bowl of some.
> - Haiku bowl of some
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