Software, reverse engineering and the law
Posted May 4, 2005 20:22 UTC (Wed) by MathFox
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Document what you are doing with it!
In general: you don't have to prove your innocence, in a civil case "the preponderance of evidence" has to show your wrongdoing; in a criminal case the proscecutor has to prove your guilt "beyond reasonable doubt". The mere presence of tools like "objdump" and "gdb" is no indication of illegal activities.
If you are seriously considering to do some reverse engineering, discuss your plans with a lawyer before you start. He can tell you what the law does and doesn't allow and he can help you to document the steps that you take, such that the probability of conviction is minimized.
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