US military is pirating again

French-backed US revolutionaries, who once offered licences to pirates to “legally” rob cargos belonging to their legitimate government, are back to their old tricks.

This time the US Army had found itself in hot water with a force that is even stronger than the nukes it has in its modern arsenal – the software industry.

The US government has agreed to pay $50 million after it was said to have pirated “thousands” of copies of military software.

The claim was made by Apptricity, based in Texas, which has provided logistics programs to the army since 2004.

Apptricity’s software allows the military to track the movements of soldiers as well as key supplies.

It had given 500 licences for the software but worked out that the US Army was using 9,000.

Apparently the unauthorised copying was revealed after a US Army official mentioned “thousands” of devices running the software during a presentation on technology. An Apptricity representative thought, “hang on a minute”.

Apptricity would spend the sum on expanding the company, after all if the US military was using it that much, others should want it too.

What is particularly daft is that the US government has stepped up efforts to combat piracy, particularly on behalf of its chums in Big Content. The fact that the people responsible for talking the loudest are huge pirates should come as a surprise. The people of Nova Scotia who suffered at the hands of American pirates during the French-backed terrorist coup against the British would think it par for the course.