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Australia's Largest Police Force Accused of Widespread Piracy 112

Posted by timothy
from the professional-research-purposes-only dept.
beaverdownunder writes "UK software giant Micro Focus is demanding at least $10 million in damages from the New South Wales police for widespread use of unlicensed copies of its ViewNow software it is alleged were used by members to access the COPS criminal intelligence database. Although other government organisations also alleged to have mis-used the software have settled with Micro Focus, the NSW police refuse to do so, instead seeking to fight out a battle in Federal court."
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Australia's Largest Police Force Accused of Widespread Piracy

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  • by bmo (77928) on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @09:24AM (#39781509)

    corporation licensing is not the same as music downloads and being in compliance is not easy


    Under the law, they are the same. Copyright law does not distinguish between software, multimedia, or books.


  • by L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @09:42AM (#39781735)

    downloading the latest Nine Inch Nails album

    Odd choice of example, there. The Slip was released under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share Alike license. You may distribute it without contravening the licensing terms as long as you do not profit from the distribution, and you don't attribute the work to anyone other than Trent Reznor.

    I understand the point you're making, but that kind of mistake is the sort of thing idiots will jump on to "prove" you know nothing of the subject.

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