Software Forensics: Detecting Software Copyright Infringement

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 16:30
TH 331
Bob Zeidman, President (Software Analysis & Forensics Engineering Corp.)

A standard measure of software copyright infringement is needed to be able to effectively compare source code or object code from different programs to determine whether plagiarism has occurred. This talk will examine various measures of software correlation and various tools for detecting software copyright infringement.

1. Introduction
2. Defining Source Code
3. Software Correlation
4. Detecting Source Code Theft
5. Detecting Object Code Theft
6. Conclusion
7. References


Bob Zeidman is the president of Software Analysis and Forensic Engineering Corporation ( that develops and sells CodeSuite®, the leading software tool for comparing source code and object code to find theft and plagiarism. Bob is also the president of Zeidman Consulting (, a research and development firm that provides expert witnesses and engineering consultants for litigation. Bob has served as an expert witness in patent, trade secret, and copyright litigation resulting in several billion dollars in total awards. Among his publications are technical papers on hardware and software design methods as well as four textbooks: The Software IP Detective’s Handbook: Measurement, Comparison, and Infringement Detection, Designing with FPGAs and CPLDs, Verilog Designer's Library, and Introduction to Verilog. He has taught courses at business and engineering conferences throughout the world. Bob holds many patents and earned bachelor's degrees in physics and electrical engineering at Cornell University and a master's degree in electrical engineering at Stanford University.