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From: Stan Horwitz (stantemple.edu)
Date: Thu Jul 26 2001 - 07:37:33 CDT
On Wed, 25 Jul 2001, Eric D. Williams wrote:
> Re: the lack of legal backing here are a number of links that appear relevant
> to the question (do you violate copyright by publishing hacker code, discovered
> subsequent to intrusion?). Indeed it appears that the law is fuzzy on this one
> concerning copyright and intellectual property. But, given the circumstance
> that a listing or binary of the aformentioned code can not be deterined as
> authorized in the first case - the intrusion itself is illegal, it appears it
> can not pass the copyright or intellectual property tests.
So exactly how many virus authors would be foolish enough to try to assert
a copyright on one of their virus programs? Doing so would mean that the
copyright holder also accept responsibility (typically criminal) for the
virus, would it not?