India engineers arrested for selling source codes

India engineers arrested for selling source codes

Summary: Two software engineers from Bangalore have been arrested for allegedly stealing and selling patented software codes to a competitor of local technology vendor, MIC Technologies.

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Two software engineers from Bangalore, India, have been arrested for allegedly stealing software source codes from a local company and selling the codes to another local-based company. 

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The stolen software codes were found on laptops, hard disks, and CDs.

Hyderabad-based technology vendor, MIC Technologies, lodged a report with cybercrime police claiming its patented software and technology information had been stolen and sold to a competitor based in Bangalore, according to a report by The Economic Times. Citing Additional Director-General of Police Krishna Prasad, the report said investigations revealed Bangalore-based GG Tronics was touting a product built on the patented technology. 

Police said MIC's then-general manager B.V Ramana was found to have been in contact with GG Tronics while still employed with MIC, and had stolen the source codes. Searches were carried out at GG Tronics and authorities found laptops, hard disks, portable storage drives, and CDs which contained the stolen software codes. 

E-mail communications with details about the transfer of technology were also found on Ramana's account, said local police, which added he had contacted several other companies to peddle the stolen codes. Ramana and another former MIC employee, M.N.S Srinivas, who aided in the theft were later detained by police. 

The case has been filed under India's IT Act and Indian Patents Act, and for criminal breach of trust and cheating under India's penal code. 

Topics: Software, Legal, Patents, India

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Eileen Yu began covering the IT industry when Asynchronous Transfer Mode was still hip and e-commerce was the new buzzword. Currently a freelance blogger and content specialist based in Singapore, she has over 16 years of industry experience with various publications including ZDNet, IDG, and Singapore Press Holdings.

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  • Patents Are Already Public

    If they were breaking some law by passing on that code, it certainly wasn't patent law.
    ldo17
    • Agreed - it sound more like a copyright violation.

      Source code is copyrighted, and these programmers allegedly weren't licensed to distribute it. Whether that source code implemented any kind of patent would seem to be immaterial until someone tried to compile and run the code.
      Zogg
  • "source codes"?

    according to Longman's Dictionary of Contemporary English, "source code" is an uncountable noun. don't they have dictionaries at ZDNet?
    the_fiddler_on_the_roof