US NAVY ACCUSED OF TECH PIRACY | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


US NAVY ACCUSED OF TECH PIRACY

The US Navy is under fire for allegedly stealing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of intellectual property, including software and a high-speed ship design, but the sailing branch insisted that it respects intellectual property rights.

The Navy is entangled in two long-running federal court cases involving IP theft. In March, German software company Bitmanagement asked a federal court for a summary judgement after accusing the Navy of illegally installing $600 million in software on more than 500,000 computers.

In 2011, the company agreed to license to the Navy 38 copies of its virtual-reality software. The Navy was reportedly happy with the software and Bitmanagement began negotiating to sell additional copies. But then the company said it made a startling discovery.

"Even as it negotiated with Bitmanagement over the proposed large-scale licensing of its product, the Navy was simultaneously copying and installing that software, without Bitmanagement’s advance knowledge or authorization, on a massive scale," the firm claimed in its lawsuit.

The Navy declined to comment on the ongoing lawsuit. Bitmanagement did not respond to an email inquiry.

Meanwhile, the Navy is appealing the April 2017 decision by a federal judge to award FastShip LLC $6.5 million in damages after the judge determined that the Navy used one of FastShip's patented hull designs without paying for it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IP theft is no laughing matter, and should be taken very seriously.

Whoever signed off on this... should be doing jail time.

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