Posted to Industry Issues Forum on 7/13/2016
Re: Pirated MB software consequences
We hadn't intended to post publicly, out of fairness to Bob
who is not here to defend himself right now. But since there
is a lot of interest, we'll make a brief statement. We made
the decision -- by ourselves, with no outside influence --
to deactivate Bob's membership for the time-being, as what
he has admitted doing violates several points of our
membership agreement, namely:
• Uphold the highest standards of professionalism,
competence, and integrity.
• Maintain quality through the use of proper tools,
equipment, parts and procedures.
• Support and promote the mission and goals of the
Our mission states: "To promote the continued growth,
success and image of the automotive service professional by
providing a forum for the exchange of knowledge and the
promotion of education, professionalism, and integrity."
Here are our goals, mission and member agreement: http://www.iatn.net/mission-and-goals
We've seen more about the case than what has been linked to
from this discussion, including the victim impact statement
from Daimler AG, where it definitely did not read to us as
though they were OK with what was going on. If someone were
to provide us with some proof that they or MB were actually
OK with what was going on, then I'm sure that would change
our opinion of the case. As far as we've seen, this is
conjecture and based on hearsay.
Aside from this one serious incident, Bob has been a great
contributor to iATN and we would hope to see him back on the
network in the future, if he desires it. However, the
incident was very serious. We feel it's only appropriate
that violation of our membership agreement should have
consequences; otherwise, what's the point of having it?
This is not the first time we've removed an account due to a
legal violation that we feel violates our membership
agreement. The only reason it's the first one you've heard
of is because of the rest of what Bob has provided to the
industry over the years, and that's why he'll eventually be
invited back onto iATN in the future.
Brea, California, USA
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