Tube Amps / Music Electronics
For current discussions, please visit Music Electronics Forum. New: view Recent Searches.
New: visit Schematic Hell!
The sunn still shines online!

Listen to great tunes streaming live right now!

ampage archive

Vintage threads from the first ten years

Search for:  Mode:  
previous: gt Someone says that clonong amps is i... -- 11/5/2000 7:41 PM View Thread

Re: Is amp cloning illegal?

11/6/2000 8:58 PM
Re: Is amp cloning illegal?
There is a legal way around it. As an example, here is how the computer industry was able to produce IBM clones. It is a concept called REVERSE ENGINEERING, and is completely legal. I will use the PC industry as an example.  
When IBM first made PC's, they used off the shelf parts. The only thing that was proprietary, was the ROM (I am pretty sure but it could have been the CPU). Any way... a competitors engineer sat down with the IBM machine, took it apart, and figured out what the ROM "made" the computer do. In other words, what was the purpose of the ROM. He wrote this all down, basically creating a spec manual. After identifying the processes that needed to be controlled or executed by the ROM, the next step was to build a copy from the specs. But guess what? The engineer who worte the reverse spec manual cannot build the new ROM because he is "dirty". If he built the new "clone" he would be doing so illegally. So how do you get around this barrier? You hire some additional engineers. Then you subject them to a very detailed interview to make sure that they have never worked with the competitions product or had anything to do with this type of technology. These people are called "virgins". You then give the "virgins" the spec manual and tell them to build a ROM that meets these specifications. The reuslt was a whole new market of clones that made IBM go to proprietary hardware, and pretty much ran them out of the PC business. But I digress...  
Applying this process to amps would work the same way, although how do you "spec" a particular sound you want. But that is an issue for a totally different discussion/thread.

Steve A. Dwight:   &n... -- 11/12/2000 9:23 PM