McAfee claims it will end its anti-virus war with Symantec by proving the code it used in its Virus Scan software is not pirated or even useful.
McAfee said it will move to dismiss Symantec?s legal action against it (see Newswire 21 July), alleging piracy of a section of Symantec code. After investigating the allegation, McAfee said the code in question is publicly available on the Web and merely helps the product to support some Japanese PCs.
"It would be clear to any ?expert? examining this code that it performs no function whatsoever in Virus Scan," McAfee said. "It is less than 100 lines in length, representing less than 0.01 per cent of the Virus Scan code."
Peter Watkins, general manager of network security at McAfee, said: "These facts are clear to anyone examining the code and the matter could have been resolved with a simple phone call."
The companies? bitter rivalry intensified last month when Symantec altered its piracy writ against McAfee, expecting an injunction at the end of August. McAfee responded by pledging to sue Symantec for defamation and contempt of court motion and called Symantec chief executive Gordon Eubanks an "accused felon".
Now McAfee aims to get Symantec?s lawsuit dismissed and proposed that the companies should offer access to each other?s code to settle the matter in court.
McAfee admitted an employee it recruited from Symantec accidentally bought Symantec files with him, but claimed they had no bearing on the case. Symantec has not yet responded to McAfee?s statement.
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