Ovid (publius_ovidius) wrote,
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Open Source and Theft

Things have really hit the fan here at work. Our old Python programmer is no longer with us. Our new Python programmer asked "why is this code that was developed here released as open source?"

Uh oh.

Apparently, the old Python programmer was taking a fair amount of code that he developed for our applications and quietly released it as open source without telling us. The code that the new programmer asked about is pretty generic and we may have overlooked that. Later we found some very proprietary code had been released and in my research, I've found screen shots of our application on the Web. This application is supposed to be the future of our company.

Our lawyer is having us grab all of the evidence that we can lest the programmer try to hide a bunch of it. Right now, the owner's talking about theft of intellectual property. This could get really, really ugly.

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