Court rules ex-Goldman programmer didn't break law in taking code

A federal appeals court ruled unanimously that the taking of existing computer code by a Goldman Sachs programmer did not violate the laws he was charged with violating. Sergey Aleynikov was accused of stealing high-frequency-trading code from Goldman before he left to join another firm. "We decline to stretch or update statutory words of plain and ordinary meaning in order to better accommodate the digital age," the court said in its ruling.

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