IT World Canada: German researchers develop ‘Birthmark’ for piracy check

An IT World Canada article by Mari-Len De Guzman discusses a tool to help automate detecting software modules that have similar behavior which may be copyright infringements.

Canadian open source expert Russell McOrmond said the API Birthmark “seems to simply automate the most common method to detect this form of copyright infringement.”

He cited most copyright infringement investigations involving the Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) are triggered by noticing similarities in software behaviour.

“This type of tool only provides automation for that first glance and isn’t going to be helpful in the more thorough investigation,” said McOrmond, who is policy coordinator at Canadian open source group CLUE.

Also published in ARNet Australia.