US Government Makes $50 Million Payout in Software Piracy Case

The US Military installed thousands of copies of unlicensed Appricity software last year.

Apptricity software, used by the army since 2004, tracks movements of supplies and locations of soldiers, and was utilized in relief efforts after the Haiti earthquake in 2010.

The company estimated that 9,000 unauthorized users were accessing the program–exceeding the 500 named users who had official access–and asked for an additional $224 million for software piracy.

The discovery was made during a technology presentation when a US Army official observed that the software was running on “thousands” of devices.

Despite the 2010 US government crackdown on piracy, the payout hardly covers Apptricity’s costs.

Randy Lieberman, Apptricity’s chief financial officer, told the BBC, “Apptricity is now incredibly energised to use the settlement resolution as a catalyst for aggressive investment in our team, our solutions and our untapped market opportunities.”

Though a Department of Justice spokeswoman confirmed the settlement to the Dallas Morning News, the DoJ has thus far refrained from commenting on the agreement.

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