ABC News: NSW Police in legal battle with software giant. This will be interesting to see unfold.

NSW Police in legal battle with software giant
Wed 25 Apr 12, 17:58pm AEST

By Deborah Cornwall

An extraordinary legal battle is shaping up in the Federal Court, with a multinational software company suing NSW Police for wide-scale copyright piracy. UK software company Micro Focus is demanding at least $10 million in damages from NSW Police. It claims NSW Police has been using pirated copies of their computer software for more than a decade to run their COPS (Computerised Operational Police System) – the largest criminal intelligence database in the country. It was a routine request from the NSW Ombudsman’s office back in August 2010 that first set off alarm bells for Bruce Craig, the Australasian managing director of Micro Focus. “Our team was out at the Ombudsman’s and in a conversation they said they were accessing the COPS database using our software,” he told 7.30. “An…

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