A company in Texas went insolvent, and most of it's assets were seized for tax liens. All of these items went (eventually) to a public auction (tax lien auction) - and were sold to the public. I made it to the auction, and bid on some of the lots of items. Included in some of what I got were hard-drives and tapes, containing software source code that was under development. This software is drivers & applications for a programmable hardware card, that plugs into a pc. I got a bunch of the hardware as well (at auction). All this occurred around 2002. I want to add that none of the IP or products were entangled with any military or top-secret contracts, so there is no worry about misapplication there.
The company no longer exists, and it's 'empty shell' (OTCBB-), without any assets, was eventually acquired by some overseas Chinese Healthcare company - a completely unrelated business.
My question is, can I use this source code (legally) to write and sell NEW drivers/applications to include with the hardware cards - to be sold as a new product?