Chip Salzenberg is an American programmer mostly noted for his involvement in the Perl and Free Software communities. Salzenberg has been involved with Perl development for over 15 years, and with Free Software for more than 20 years.
He was one of the founding board members of the Open Source Initiative, which approves Open Source licenses. At VA Linux Systems, Salzenberg was Linux kernel coordinator and wrote software for the manufacturing line. He also became a Debian developer in 1999.
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In the spring of 2005, Salzenberg became recognized as a "whistleblower" by calling out the unethical processes of Health Market Science (HMS), a company in King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The response by HMS was to file a police report alleging Salzenberg of a felony disclosing private company information. This resulted in a seizure of his personal computer assets. However, the district attorney did not file any criminal charges and instead attempted to return the seized property back to Salzenberg. In a last-ditch effort by HMS to keep Salzenberg's evidence from going public, HMS' attorneys filed an emergency motion to preserve evidence and re-seized the property for a civil suit. As of October, 2009, Salzenberg's computers sit under lock and key at Capsicum Group LLC, a digital forensics consultancy, paid by HMS, awaiting release pending a civil hearing. Friends of Salzenberg since has initiated a "geeksunite" website, soliciting donations for the legal fees he incurred due to the wrangling of court system by HMS.
- Salzenberg, Chip (2005-06-05), "Perl's Chip Salzenberg Sued, Home Raided", Slashdot
- Salzenberg, Chip (2005-04-19), HMS: Legality and Morality of Harvesting Operations (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-25
- Geeks Unite Web Site Dedicated to Fighting the HMS Case
- The Original Letter From Chip Salzenberg To HMS That Describes the Unethical Behavior of HMS
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