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2 Kansas aircraft companies sentenced for illegal software use

Lightning Aerospace
Lightning Aerospace(Lightning Aerospace)
Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 11:01 PM CDT
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PARK CITY, Kan. (KWCH) - Two Kansas companies have been ordered to pay nearly $150,000 in restitution and fines using illegal software for years.

The Department of Justice said Lightning Aerospace, LLC, in Park City, and Fly Manufacturing, LLC, in Newton, acquired and used unlicensed versions of CATIA, a design program commonly used in manufacturing and engineering.

The DOJ said the two companies used unlicensed software from Dassault Systemes to design and test parts for aircraft actions that could have “grave consequences to customers.

“Not only did these two businesses defraud a software company, but they also gave themselves an unfair financial advantage over competitors who obeyed the laws by paying for software and licensing fees,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard. “Hopefully, these convictions will deter other companies from engaging in intellectual property theft.”

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