Source Code Repositories: What is a Source Code Repository?

June 15, 2017 - from DisputeSoft's Josh Siegel

Software development is a competitive business, and disputes over intellectual property can arise when software engineers move to new companies that compete with their former employers. Should the dispute result in litigation, a source code repository can help an expert witness determine whether a former employee copied a previous employer’s proprietary source code on the way out the door.

When developing software for a business purpose, many software developers employ a source code control mechanism, such as a source code repository. Using a source code repository has many potential benefits for an organization, including:

– Concurrent Development: Repositories usually allow multiple developers to make edits to different parts of the same program simultaneously. Developers can then merge their changes back into the main program.

– Increased Transparency: Most source code repositories require a developer to check out, edit, and then check back in the part of the program he or she was editing. The repository records which developer made changes and when, resulting in a log of updates made to the program over time.

– Version Control: When developers make enough changes to a program stored in a source code repository, they can designate the updated program as a new …

What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Computer Forensics: Changes to the System Clock, Windows Event Logs, and Proving Spoliation

March 27, 2017 - from DisputeSoft's Nick Ferrara

From time to time, a party to a lawsuit may attempt to delete or overwrite relevant files from a computer system in its custody before producing that system to an opposing party. Such an attempt can lead a court to infer spoliation of evidence if a producing party’s destructive intentions can be reasonably established.

Forensic computer examiners often address this issue in the course of their investigations and can typically identify techniques commonly used to compromise digital evidence. While there are a variety of ways that a user can compromise digital evidence, one technique on Windows computer systems that is within the reach of even unsophisticated users is to manually change the computer’s time and date settings.

Most Windows computers allow users to manually change the system’s time and date settings. By changing these settings before compromising key files, a user might hope to create the appearance that these files were deleted or overwritten as part of normal computer usage prior to a court’s preservation order.

Fortunately, a number of Windows artifacts make this technique relatively easy to detect. The Windows Event Log, for example, includes log entries that concretely identify any manual changes made to a computer’s date and …

Warner Bros. Mistake Highlights Opportunity for DMCA Improvement

February 7, 2017 - from DisputeSoft

The film and entertainment industry has long been a popular target for intellectual property pirates.  Misappropriation of in-demand films began during the silent era as early as 1895, when film exhibitors screened movies beyond the dates agreed upon by exhibitors and film producers.1 While piracy of film and entertainment is not a new phenomenon, the Internet has provided pirates with an ideal platform through which to distribute misappropriated entertainment.

One of the film industry’s largest companies, Warner Bros., has earned a reputation for using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to protect its intellectual property on the web. However, the motion picture giant recently found itself in an awkward situation after its anti-piracy partner, Vobile, Inc., flagged for copyright infringement under Section 512 of the DMCA Google search results that linked to Warner Bros.’ own website. Vobile uses a program called VideoTracker to identify, track, and flag infringing copyrighted video content online. However, VideoTracker mistakenly flagged Google search result links to several Warner Bros. websites, including the official pages for The Dark Knight and The Matrix, as well as legitimate movie links on Amazon, Sky Cinema, and IMDb. After investigating the allegedly infringing URLs, Google decided not to …