Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday April 15, 2012

Court Rules Software Not Protected By Fed Crime Laws

An Appeals Court has overturned the conviction of former Goldman Sachs engineer Sergey Aleynikov for stealing encrypted source code. The Court’s interpretation of the meaning of the laws that convicted Aleynikov could have far reaching consequences within the software industry.

The court concluded that Aleynikov did not steal physical "goods" per se, but rather, software code which was "purely intangible property embodied in a purely intangible format."