Decompiling Malware a Crime?
This question came up in my malware class and I was curious if anyone else had an opinion on the matter. If you have a legal background I would be especially interested.
The question is whether decompiling a piece of malware violates the malware author's copyright. Or in the case of the Sony DRM rootkit fiasco if Sony had any legal standing to sue either the individual who disclosed the existence of the malware or anyone who wrote tools to remove the rootkit.