Legal Question in Technology Law in Pennsylvania

Laws concerning outsourcing

Hello, I go to Millersville University and am doing a research project on outsourcing software development to countries such as China and India. Does anybody know if there are any US laws governing this?

Asked on 3/27/07, 9:07 am

1 Answer from Attorneys

Gerry Elman Elman Technology Law, P.C.

Re: Laws concerning outsourcing

Various laws impact the subject. An important consideration is whether any "technical data" is being exported from the United States in contravention of federal regulations.

Also, laws vary by country as to who owns the intellectual property rights in the work product.

A number of bills have been introduced in various states to prevent certain kinds of work from being outsourced, but I am not aware of any that have been enacted.

There are seminars for lawyers on the subject, and here is a brochure about a book available in law libraries or from its publisher, Aspen (Wolters Kluwer):

Scott on Outsourcing Law and Practice

by Michael D. Scott

List Price: $210.00

ISBN: 0735561788

ISBN-13: 9780735561786

Format: Looseleaf

Latest Supplemented Date: 2/7/2007

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You may be interested in the forthcoming course on outsourcing issues from Prof. Scott at the UCLA Extension Class - Outsourcing: The Legal and Business Issues

It's been going on for decades. But today, more firms than ever are using outsourcing to help cut costs, improve business processes, and focus on their core business. The most successful of these companies are the best informed.

Whether you're just beginning to investigate the feasibility of outsourcing arrangements or an old hand at negotiating and structuring these complex deals, there's a growing body of legal knowledge and "best practices" you need to consider before making critical outsourcing decisions. You'll find everything you need in the new Scott on Outsourcing Law and Practice, your one-stop legal guide to the outsourcing process.

Table of Contents: Introduction,

Outsourcing Process,

Domestic Outsourcing,

Offshore Outsourcing,

Intellectual Property Laws,

Privacy and Security Laws and Regulations,

Labor and Employment Issues,


Appendices: Glossary,


Federal Laws and Regulations,

State Laws and Regulations,


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Answered on 3/27/07, 9:44 am

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