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Programmer's Conviction Overturned: You Can't Steal Code, It's Not Physical, Says Court

Programmer's Conviction Overturned: You Can't Steal Code, It's Not Physical, Says Court

Adriana Lee

Can you steal something that has no physical properties? That’s a tough nugget to crack, as arguments abound over whether taking software code constitutes theft. Sergey Aleynikov would definitely say no. The programmer was convicted for theft of trade secrets when he left Goldman Sachs with some exclusive code in tow. And it seems the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals agrees — it overturned...