The US Navy was ordered to pay US$ 154,400 (R$ 832,416.72 in direct conversion) to the German company Bitmanagement. After six years of legal dispute, the Federal Court of the United States found the US Navy guilty of copyright infringement — piracy in honest Portuguese🇧🇷
The violation happened in 2011, when the Navy was negotiating the contracting of the BS Contact Geo software, owned by Bitmanagement. The German company released 38 copies of the program, aimed at creating terrain in 3D based on various databases, for testing. However, the Navy installed it in almost 600 thousand computers.
Company sought damages of US$ 155,000,000
In the lawsuit, Bitmanagement asked for damages of US$ 155 million (R$ 835.6 million in direct conversion). The basis for calculating this value was the installation of more than 600,000 copies of BS Contact Geo, approximately US$ 259 per license. However, these numbers are estimates.
In the opening document of the process, in 2016, the only certainty is that BS Contact Geo was installed in at least 558,466 computers between 2011 and 2015🇧🇷 However, it is indicated that only 635 licenses of the program were actually used — and this number served as the basis for calculating the compensation.
The court determined that they will be paid $200 (R$1,078.26 in direct conversion) for each license used and another US$ 350 (R$ 1,886.95) for every 100 simultaneous use programs — a point negotiated between Bitmanagement and the US Navy in the proposal to sell the licenses.
There is still no word on whether Bitmanagement is happy with the compensation it will receive. In the lawsuit, the German company even wrote that “the government knew or should have known that it was necessary to obtain a license” to install BS Contact Geo on computers. And let’s face it, a Navy capable of operating 11 aircraft carriers would not commit a violation like that “unintentionally” — but believing that it would go unpunished. And Adobe beware.