Finding Software License Violations Through Binary Code Clone Detection

Described is a method that given software in binary form, such as a firmware image, and a corpus of software in source code, form it attempts to detect cloning of code by correlating information extracted from the binary, with information extracted from the source code.

Publication Date
31 January 2012

Linux FreeBSD BSD Unix software open source license compliance binary code license violations


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We are attempting to mobilize the creativity and innovative capacities of the Linux and broader open source community to codify the universe of preexisting inventions in defensive publications that upon publication in the IP.COM database will immediately serve as effective prior art that prevents anyone from having a patent issued that claims inventions that have already been document in a defensive publication. In addition to creating a vehicle to utilize this highly effective form of IP rights management for known inventions, it is hoped that the community will use defensive publications as a means of codifying future inventions should the inventors prefer not to make their invention the subject of a patent disclosure and application.