The US Army has settled a copyright infringement case for $50m after discovering it was under-licensed on some key logistics software.
The settlement has been made with Texas-based enterprise software vendor Apptricity, which was chosen by the Army nine years ago to provide elements of its commercial-off-the-shelf supply chain software set-up. The vendor claims its technology helps to manage the movement of troops and supplies across the world.
"Field commanders were focused on the mission-critical nature of Apptricity software and the need to protect warfighters and facilitate mission objectives," said Tim Garcia, Apptricity's chief executive officer. "Our battle-tested integrated logistics software performed so well that it went viral."
The vendor had been seeking compensation for what it claims were about 100 server and 9,000 device licences of its software that the Army was using without having paid for. Following alternative dispute resolution proceedings, a settlement of $50m (£30.5m) has been reached, which Apptricity claims "represents a fraction of the software's negotiated contract value".
Tim McHale, a retired major general who now serves as a senior adviser to the vendor, said: "Now that this process is behind us, it is envisioned the Apptricity and Army relationship will continue to grow exponentially."
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