Piracy: US Navy privateers face decision

The US Navy piracy case is pending a decision. The amount of compensation to be paid is still disputed.

A German software company has been accusing the US Navy of piracy for six years – we reported. Now the case is gradually heading towards a decision, reports Torrentfreak.com. The central question: Does the US government pay per copy or per active use of unlicensed software?

Bavarian Bitmanagement Software GmbH has developed a program called BS Contact Geo. It allows visualization of geographic data and attracted buying interest from the US Navy. After the start of sales negotiations, the company gave copies to the authorities 000. The Navy needed this to test the software and its integration into the in-house IT landscape. They then both negotiated to purchase more licenses because the US Navy wanted to conduct broad testing of the software.

Honey, I copied the copies

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Attention, piracy ahead !!

Then came out: From the originally 38 Copies are suddenly 558.466 installations on the potential customer’s computers. It can happen if the company removes the copy protection at the customer’s request.

But that’s not all: 2014 the Navy deactivated a software that was preventing the spread of BS Contact Geo on marine computers should track. So there may have been more copies in circulation without the manufacturer knowing about it. It is unclear whether other US branches of the armed forces were also involved in the piracy.

Piracy from Outer Space

The case gets even more complicated. The US Navy licensed the software – but not via bit management. It’s via a Californian buyer of 3D and virtualization software, Planet 9 Studios. Not to be confused with the trash film classic of the same name, in which aliens start a war through a misunderstanding. According to the Navy, it assumed that all copies could be used legally. Bitmanagement disagreed: It had to be included in the negotiations. Planet 9 Studios receives commissions from software sales. The money for the licenses should actually have flowed to Bitmanagement. Piracy with beneficiaries? It has not yet been possible to find out whether this was the case.

In any case, Bitmanagement initially demanded 596 Millions of dollars in damages from the US government. That’s almost the price of nine F/A-000 fighter jets used by the US Navy on its aircraft carriers. From time to time it happens on all seven seas that the wind pushes them overboard.

2021US government: piracy was legal, illegal, don’t give a fuck

2016 the US government professed to be the legal representative of the Navy flag. She admitted the brazen piracy in court, but at the same time accused the manufacturer of having removed the copy protection itself. Software licensing leads through difficult legal waters: The military assumed that the 30 received licenses are not tied to devices. Therefore, the government argues, the making of copies was allowed. However, only 000 copies should have been in use at the same time. At the same time, the licenses were allegedly authorized by the buyer. You get caught up in contradictions in order to avoid paying large sums for piracy.

The beginning 2021 decided that Court of Appeals that the US government was liable as counsel and used the copies without a license. Bitmanagement is therefore demanding damages in the amount of 115 million dollars. As a result, there is a recalculation: Approximately 2014.000 The company is running out of copies. 2014 is a price of 200 US dollars have been negotiated. Bitmanagement gave another 18% discount. Remaining 259 US dollars per copy, so 241.241. US dollars.

2021Is the piracy odyssey ending with a settlement?

The US government is trying to depress the price. It assumes 596 installations that have been actively used and sets a price of 200 US Dollars. It just does 115.000 U.S. dollar. A slap in the face for a small company that missed out on an extremely lucrative contract worth millions because of piracy. A decision from the US Supreme Administrative Court is expected shortly – if the case is not settled out of court first. The question remains whether Bitmanagement just wants to give up.


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