Apr 132012

… and the legislators drafting this one got them wrong.

A federal appeals court overturned the conviction of a former Goldman Sachs programmer (and freed him from jail) by ruling that his theft of software from the company was not actually a crime under the Economic Espionage Act as written and then charged.

While government officials originally envisioned the EEA would serve as a broad deterrent to such activities as theft of intellectual property, their definitions and reasoning in bill drafting were, in retrospect, pretty bogus. The programmer goes free.

 Posted by at 8:23 am on April 13, 2012