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US government pays $50 million to settle piracy lawsuit

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Nov
2013

The US government this week agreed to pay $50 million to a Texas-based company that accused the military of pirating its software. The company, Apptricity, struck a software licensing deal with the Department of Defense in 2004, but filed a copyright infringement claim against the government last year, after it discovered that the military had distributed thousands of unauthorized copies among its ranks. The Dallas Morning News first reported the settlement on Monday, before Apptricity announced it one day later. According to the Dallas Morning News, the licensing agreement authorized the US Army to use its software on five servers and several thousand workstations.

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