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Unchanged Password Dooms Copyright Claims for Drilling Company

July 2, 2020, 11:26 PM

Digital Drilling Data Systems LLC can’t pursue copyright claims against a competitor that scraped schema and data from a program built using an open source database, because the program wasn’t effectively secured, and the copied program wasn’t substantially similar, the Fifth Circuit ruled Thursday.

Digidrill provided data logging and visualization services to oil and gas companies using a software program it designed to collect, correct and store raw data from drilling instruments, it told the court.

A Digidrill competitor, Petrolink Services Inc., allegedly obtained a laptop running Digidrill’s program, gained access to the database, and developed its own program to...

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