I was surprised to see this story hit Daily Variety today:
Cameramaker Red Claims Espionage
Dec. 28, 2011, 3:07pm PT
by Karen Idelson
In a saga worthy of a Hollywood thriller, allegations of email hacking and industrial espionage have surfaced in the camera industry in a lawsuit filed by digital camera maker Red against rival Arri.
In the suit filed Dec. 21 in federal court in Orange County, Calif., Red accuses Arri of stealing technical details and development plans for Red cameras, giving Arri an unfair advantage.
Much of Red's complaint rests on facts revealed in an August plea deal between federal prosecutors and former Arri executive Michael Bravin, who is also a defendant in the suit. Bravin pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of email hacking, admitting as part of the deal that he accessed the email account of Band Pro chief executive Amnon Band.
Full story at this link:
I don't know enough about the case to comment, but no matter what you think of Red, Arri, or any other camera company, I think dirty pool is no way to conduct business. Spying on people, reading private emails, and profiting from that information is wrong and dishonorable; I think Red has a very strong case here.