U.S. Government Caught Pirating Military Software, Settles For $50 Million
For years the U.S. military operated pirated copies of logistics software that was used to protect soldiers and shipments in critical missions. Apptricity, the makers of the software, accused the military of willful copyright infringement and sued the Government for nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in unpaid licenses.
In a settlement just announced, the Obama administration has agreed to pay $50 million to settle the dispute. In recent years the U.S. Government has taken an aggressive stance towards copyright infringement, both at home and abroad.