ES&S Sues Former Workers Over Taking Buggy, Vulnerability-Filled Code

from the why-would-they-bother? dept

Michael Scott alerts us to the news that e-voting firm ES&S has sued two former employees, claiming copyright infringement over code they took with them from ES&S, along with additional trade secrets. I have no idea whether or not this is true, but all I can ask is "why?" As has been documented time and time again, ES&S's e-voting code has a ton of problems. Remember, these are the machines that have been found to have serious security vulnerabilities, with some serious bugs, such as adding votes to the wrong election, calibration problems that lead to people voting for the wrong candidate, and bugs that resulted in phantom votes. And ES&S is the company that knew about some of these bugs, and let them be used in elections anyway. So if you were going to go off and start your own e-voting company (and it's not clear these individuals did that), wouldn't you be better off starting from scratch?
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Filed Under: copyright, e-voting, software, trade secrets
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    Money Mike (profile), 9 Sep 2009 @ 6:46am

    Not Surprised

    I think the main thing to realize is that whether it's buggy code or not, it's still complete code and it just can't be all bad. I'm sure there are pieces of it that work well and are quite valuable, so why not use it and build on top of it?

    However, even if they consider it "complete" and use it as is, then why shouldn't they? If ES&S can use it as is, why couldn't a competitor? More importantly, if these guys are taking code and trade secrets from their former employee, do you really think they would let integrity stand in the way of profit? Keep in mind that they did come from this shady company in the first place.

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