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This program was recorded on April 29, 2020
Source code is a human-readable form of computer software. It forms the basis for the apps and internet platforms we use everyday, and for the ever-increasing computerization of devices and processes. Source code can play an important evidentiary role in a wide variety of litigation. Not only is it central to litigation directly related to software, such as patent, copyright, and trade secret cases, but it often also figures in other practice areas, including contracts, products liability, and even criminal law (for example, a DUI defendant's expert might examine breathalyzer source code to see if there are "bugs" that might be used to cast reasonable doubt on the breathalyzer's output). How a particular device operates may become a question in cases that are otherwise unrelated to software, and this is often best answered by inspecting the source code for the device (e.g. medical equipment, voting machines).