U.S. Stumps Up $50m for Software Piracy

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A U.S. Marine from Kilo company 3rd Battalion 6th Marines collects census data from Afghans, after they were searched, outside a U.S. Marine base in Marjah district, Helmand province, March 31, 2010.

The U.S. government has agreed to pay $50 million for allegedly pirating “thousands” of copies of military software.

The manufacturer of the logistics program, Texas company Apptricity, filed a suit last year, after discovering that their product was accessed by more than the 500 names that had been licensed, reports the BBC.

Originally calling for $224 million, Apptricity’s chief financial officer Randy Lieberman still seemed content with the outcome.

“Apptricity is now incredibly energized to use the settlement resolution as a catalyst for aggressive investment in our team, our solutions and our untapped market opportunities,” he said.

The Department of Justice has not commented on the settlement.