Disclosure and Intellectual Property Law: Case Studies presented at BlackHatDC 2007

by Jennifer Granick,

URL : https://www.blackhat.com/presentations/bh-usa-07/Granick/Presentation/bh-usa-07-granick.pdf

Summary : The simple decision by a researcher to tell what he or she has discovered about a software product or website can be very complicated both legally and ethically. The applicable legal rules are complicated, there isn't necessarily any precedent, and what rules there are may be in flux.
In this presentation, I will use Cisco and ISS's lawsuit against Michael Lynn (from Black Hat 2005) and HID's cease and desist letter to IOActive (from Black Hat 2006) to discuss major intellectual property law doctrines that regulate security research and disclosure. I will give the audience some practical tips for avoiding claims of illegal activity.