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Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8 197

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Alex Kibkalo, a former Microsoft employee has been arrested yesterday for stealing and leaking company secrets. The former software architecture engineer is accused of leaking early Windows 8 builds to a French tech blogger with whom he was communicating inside a forum. The ex-Microsoft employee also stands accused of leaking some Windows 7 program files and also an internal system meant to protect against software piracy. Kibkalo is said to have leaked the Windows 8 code in the middle of 2012 because he was angry over a poor performance review."
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Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested For Leaking Windows 8

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  • Re:Stealing? (Score:5, Informative)

    by cheesybagel ( 670288 ) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @09:33AM (#46533283)

    Work for hire. It isn't his to begin with. Plus he probably had code he did not write there too.

  • Re:Stealing? (Score:3, Informative)

    by nbritton ( 823086 ) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @10:33AM (#46534069)

    The developer stole nothing, one element necessary for theft is intentionally depriving the owner of their property and the owner was never deprived of their property. This is conversion []

  • Re:Stealing? (Score:4, Informative)

    by HairOfTheBambit ( 1281718 ) on Thursday March 20, 2014 @12:24PM (#46535329)
    The employer is paying the software developer for the work he's doing while he is there. If you want to have your work licensed, free lance, and then license your code. Do it without the tools and time and resources provided by an employer during working hours. There are lots of projects and people who do this. Specify it in the contracts you create.

    I've been in all the different stages. Started out as a developer for companies, went to independent contractor, started my own business and hiring programmers who work under me. I am paying them for their time and their skills and their creative talent, and the result of their work. Why is a programmer more entitled to something than a welder? Because one is using creativity in their brain? Then how about an engineer designing bridges or planes or cars? Should they have everything they do be licensed also?

    A company that wants to keep the best and most creative people offer good benefits, the right tools and appropriate salaries. Some may get stock or profit sharing. These are the rewards, payment, for the services rendered. Now, the one point I will make is that things you do on your own time (at home, after hours, on vacation) should most certainly belong to you. I remember a case where some big company said something the engineer did on their own time belonged to them, and I find that rather repugnant.

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