Programmer Faces 15 Years In Jail For Planting Virus That Automatically Broke Whac-A-Mole Games
from the offense-against-intellectual-property dept
Of course, now that it's been discovered he's apparently facing 15 years in prison. What's a bit odd, though, is the statute under which he's being charged. It's a Florida state law for "offenses against intellectual property." Reading through the statute, it seems like a rather odd use of the phrase "intellectual property."
Whoever willfully, knowingly, and without authorization modifies data, programs, or supporting documentation residing or existing internal or external to a computer, computer system, or computer network commits an offense against intellectual property.The statute definitely seems pretty broad. What's wrong with just charging the guy with garden variety fraud statutes?