Slater Mill National Historic Landmark is recognized internationally as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. But in Britain, Samuel Slater is known as Slater the Traitor. The story of industrial espionage begins like this: “On an early September day in 1789, Samuel Slater, 21 years old, boarded a ship in London to begin a voyage to New York. His family didn’t know he was doing this. He presented himself as a simple laborer, a farm hand. He was lying.” — James Pooley, in his piece on ipwatchdog.
Also see “Trade Secrets: Intellectual Piracy and the Origins of American Industrial Power” by Doron S. Ben-Atar.