10 October 2009

When they only want to buy one

"In turn, others note that the location of manufacturing elsewhere makes it easier for competitors to copy and build their own cloned systems. iRobot engineers tell how they have already seen cloned copies of both their Roomba vacuum cleaner and the PackBot military robot. Indeed, they once angrily confronted a group of Singaporean military officers who were showing off what appeared to be a clone of a PackBot at an demonstration. Stayne Hoff smiliarly says that a good sign that a buyer just wants to clone a drone is "when they only want to buy one."

Exerpt from 'Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century' by P. W. Singer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute. Page 250.

The source of this appeared to be from an interview.


Murderfreak said...

I am currently reading this :)


Trebuchet said...

Chapter 63 of Singapore Statutes always makes good reading...

Application to Government
3. Subject to Part X, this Act shall bind the Government but nothing in this Act shall render the Government liable to be prosecuted for an offence.

From Part X:

Use of copyright material for service of Government
198. —(1) The copyright in a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work or a published edition of such a work, or in a sound recording, cinematograph film, television broadcast, sound broadcast or cable programme, shall not be infringed by the Government or by a person authorised in writing by the Government doing any acts comprised in the copyright if the acts are done for the service of the Government.
(2) Where the Government has made an agreement or arrangement with the government of some other country for the supply to that country of goods required for the defence of that country —
(a) the doing of any act in connection with the supply of those goods in pursuance of the agreement or arrangement; and
(b) the sale to any person of such of those goods as are not required for the purposes of the agreement or arrangement,
shall, for the purposes of subsection (1), be each deemed to be for the service of the Government.
(3) Authority may be given under subsection (1) before or after the acts in respect of which the authority is given have been done, and may be given to a person notwithstanding that he had a licence granted by, or binding on, the owner of the copyright to do the acts.
(4) Where an act comprised in a copyright has been done under subsection (1), the Government shall as soon as possible, unless it appears to the Government that it would be contrary to the public interest to do so, inform the owner of the copyright, as prescribed, of the doing of the act and shall furnish him with such information as to the doing of the act as he from time to time reasonably requires.
(5) Where an act comprised in a copyright has been done under subsection (1), the terms for the doing of the act are such terms as are, whether before or after the act is done, agreed between the Government and the owner of the copyright or, in default of agreement, as are fixed by the Copyright Tribunal.