badbadmonkey - 2:43 am on Feb 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
What do Symantec lose if the blackmailer goes thru with his threats?
- Piracy already an obvious problem, pirates/freeloaders prefer "retail" distributions with installers etc, i.e. nobody will bother to compile the code for the sake of free software.
- Competitors would be nuts to copy any of the code, for obvious copyright infringement liabilities.
- Similarly any software patents stand alone and being able to see how something is coded is of little use in getting around them.
Maybe a bit of embarrassment if their code is of poor quality and vulnerable to geek/industry ridicule.