Licence drama deepens for NSW Police

Summary:NSW Police has denied new claims laid against it by UK software firm Micro Focus that it tried to cover its tracks on using software without licences by using further software that it also didn't have licences for.

NSW Police has denied new claims laid against it by UK software firm Micro Focus that it tried to cover its tracks on using software without licences by using further software that it also didn't have licences for.

NSW Police and Micro Focus have already been battling it out in court since 2010 over claims that NSW Police had been using Micro Focus' ViewNow software beyond the number of licenses it had purchased. The software is required by the police organisation to interface with its Computerised Operational Police System (COPS) — a giant database containing information on known criminals and persons of interest.

However, ABC News reported this week that the software company is planning to launch a new lawsuit against NSW Police, claiming that the organisation had deleted the pirated ViewNow software to cover its tracks, but, due to the need of having some software to interface with COPS, had replaced it with pirated copies of Micro Focus' other software: NetManage Applet.

In effect, Micro Focus' claims are that NSW Police has been replacing the unlicensed software with further software owned by Micro Focus that it also didn't have a licence for.

NSW Police said that it denies the claims in relation to the NetManage Applet, and will vigorously contest the matter in court.

Micro Focus, meanwhile, continues to seek over $10 million in damages over the ViewNow lawsuit. NSW Police maintains that it paid for a site licence for the software, which would have entitled all NSW Police users to use the software. Micro Focus remains adamant, however, that it only gave NSW Police the right to 6500 individual licences, a number that it believes was well exceeded.

Topics: Legal, Piracy, Security

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A Sydney, Australia-based journalist, Michael Lee covers a gamut of news in the technology space including information security, state Government initiatives, and local startups.

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