Ex-Contractor Barred From Releasing Copycat DOE Software

Law360, New York (October 16, 2013, 5:27 PM ET) -- A former U.S. Department of Energy laboratory contractor can't release an open-source version of software designed to protect electric utilities from cyberattacks because doing so would likely constitute copyright infringement that would threaten national security, an Idaho federal judge said Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill temporarily blocked Corey Thuen, a former employee of a Battelle Memorial Institute affiliate, from releasing an open-source version of the software he allegedly helped write at the DOE's Battelle-run Idaho National Laboratory.

Judge Winmill said Battelle had shown in...
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