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Nebraska Education Department accused of software-pirating

Posted at 5:15 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 18:15:39-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A New York-based software company is suing the Nebraska Department of Education for $15 million in federal court.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that the lawsuit accuses the department of using elements of the company’s copyrighted software in designing its own web-based program for sharing student and staff data. The state’s education department contracted with eScholar, a company based in White Plains, New York, for student data collection software from 2004 until November 2019. The department paid $84,000 to eScholar with its last renewal, which ended Oct. 31.

The state now uses a system it designed, but eScholar says that system pirated elements of the company’s software.