Apptricity, the maker of logistics software that is used to track down the location of soldiers as well as shipments in critical missions, is claiming that the U.S. Government has unlawfully installed the software on 93 servers and approximately 9,000 devices. The company has lost an estimated $224 million in revenue but has decided to accept a $50 million settlement from the U.S. government.
Crime does not pay, and certainly it is a crime to steal something that does not belong to you in the first place. Software piracy is a very big issue that needs to be tackled, and Apptricity, the maker of logistics software that is used to track down the location of soldiers as well as shipments in critical missions, has decided to bring the US Government to court after the defaulted on software license fees. This means that the US military had been running on unlicensed copies of the software, which would be tantamount to piracy – and the kicker is this – it has been going on for nearly 10 years!