As Democrats begin maneuvering for the 2016 presidential race, there isn’t one who would think of disparaging John F. Kennedy’s stature as a Democratic Party hero. Yet it’s a pretty safe bet that none would dream of running on Kennedy’s approach to government or embrace his political beliefs.
Wow. Add this to the long list of headaches the Obama administration is dealing with in the laughably bad rollout of its insurance exchange website. A British tech firm is accusing the Obama administration of stealing their proprietary code without permission or acknowledgment.
DataTables is free, open source software that you can download and use for whatever purpose you wish, on any and as many sites you want. It is free for you to use! DataTables is available under two licenses: GPL v2 license or a BSD (3-point) license, with which you must comply (to do this, basically keep the copyright notices in the software).
The software, a version of which is available at DataTables.net, contains the copyright notice in the opening lines of the code:
At the Healthcare.gov website, however, the opening lines of the script appear as follows, with the copyright and all references to the author and SpryMedia deleted; a search of the entire script does not turn up the missing lines either:
Even a cursory comparison of the two scripts removes any doubt that the source for the script used at Healthcare.gov is indeed the SpryMedia script.
The software developers says it is “disappointed” with the Obama administrations unauthorized use of their software and are pursuing solutions with HHS to resolve the matter.
I don’t know why they should be surprised by this, however. Clearly, a government who’s not ashamed to steal its citizens money, steal their emails, and steal their private health information would have no qualms about stealing a proprietary software design.
The US government paid a Canadian company $634 Million of the tax payer’s money to steal that code and put it in a non-functional website.