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European Commission fined €12 million over Unix

TechEYE - The European Commission has been fined just over €12 million ($16 million) for software copyright infringement.

The fine of €12,001,000 was given after the General Court of the European Union ruled that the Commission infringed the copyright of software it employed by French firm Systran.

The dispute was over the EC-Systran Unix software, which Systran adapted from its machine translation software for the EC between 1997 and 2002. In 2003 the EC put out a call for tenders to maintain and linguistically enhance the system, which Systran informed the EC would infringe its copyright.