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The US Government Pays $50 Million For Pirating Apptricity's Army Software

The US Department of Defense has paid Apptricity 50 million dollars as a settlement for pirating their software, which provides it's 'Transportation Coordinators' Automated Information for Movements System II (TC-AIMS II)'. It manages all of the transportation, such as "the movement of military units to the loading of supplies on vehicles and rotary aircraft headed to forward operating bases". The Army has used their 'integrated transportation logistics and asset management software' across the Middle Eastern and other areas of operation.

The US Government originally started using Apptricity's software in 2004, when the army were engaged in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and terror-related operations worldwide. By 2007, the purchase was expanded to five servers and several thousand workstations, but by 2012, it was learnt that the US Army was using it for many more servers and thousands more workstations than it paid for, and after investigation, the exact amount was hard to know, but it was reported that the Army was using the software for around 100 servers and countless workstations.

Apptricity has stated in their press release that:

In its copyright infringement claim, Apptricity sought compensation for approximately 100 server and 9,000 device licenses the U.S. Army installed and fielded globally – but did not procure. After Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings, the parties agreed to settle for $50 million. The figure represents a fraction of the software’s negotiated contract value that provides a material quantity of server and device licenses for ongoing and future Department of Defense usage. - Apptricity Press Release
The US Government and Apptricity are now settled, and will continue to work together in the future.

Not to forget, the US Government has been taking serious actions on piracy in the past few years, shutting down several major websites, such as the popular torrent site Demonoid, the file sharing website Megaupload, and many other websites. They also tried to get the SOPA movement passed, but the countless petitions stopped it, as it would had not only affected piracy, but the freedom of internet itself in general.

Muhammad Junaid

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Published On Entertainment Ghost At Friday, November 29, 2013