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IP Theft in the spotlight: The prosecution of an ex-Goldman Sachs programmer over stolen source code (and avocado-related controversies)

A peculiar case relating to IP theft arose last week: Wall Street programmer Sergey Aleynikov was convicted of stealing proprietary source code from his former employer, Goldman Sachs, under corporate espionage laws. It’s an unusual case because of controversial criminal charges levelled at Aleynikov in what would normally amount to a civil dispute, shining a spotlight on the issues around IP theft.