The President's Column
Facebook just got hit with a $500 judgement for nonliteral software
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Facebook. What is nonliteral software copyight
infringement? Read my article in this month's
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Facebook, Oculus, ZeniMax, and Nonliteral Copying of Code
last week, Facebook was spanked with a $500 million court judgement
for non-literal infringement of software copyright. Even for
Facebook, that’s a lot of money. Though less than the $4
billion that plaintiff ZeniMax had been asking for, it’s a large
chunk of the $2
billion that Facebook paid for Oculus in 2014. The case was ZeniMax
v. Oculus, and the jury decided that Facebook had
infringed on the copyright of ZeniMax’s software source code.
According to the jury, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey and CTO John
Carmack violated a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) with ZeniMax when
they all had worked together to develop the Oculus Rift, the virtual
reality headset that caught the attention of Facebook.
For background on the case, read
this article by Steve Brachmann.
Using Tools for Software Analysis in IP Litigation
We live in a digital world and as more inventions and institutions
become subject to computer programming intellectual property law is
being applied to code. Given the extensive nature of programming
languages and code execution, analyzing and comparing source code -
lines of code commands to be compiled into a computer program - or
complete software is a tedious manual task and one subject to human
error. As a result, new tools for assessing coded materials in IP
litigation are emerging.
Advanced Tools to Detect Plagiarism and IP Theft
Sophisticated sets of tools for analyzing software source code and
object code including:
Check binary object code for plagiarism.
Measure software IP changes between versions of a program.
Cross check source code for plagiarism.
Compare source code to find differences and measure changes.
The premiere tool for pinpointing copied source code.
Scour the Internet for plagiarized code.
Speed up your analysis on a multiprocessor system.
Turbo charge your analysis on a supercomputer grid.
Divide HTML pages into their basic elements for easier analysis.
Find signs of copying in any document.
SAFE offers training at our facility or yours or on the Web. Contact
us to make arrangements:
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