A software counterfeiting ring that allegedly faked Hypertherm’s ProNest nesting software, and others, has been broken up and the two men involved have been charged by a grand jury.
According to Hypertherm, the US government estimates this particular ring cost companies, most of them American, more than $100 million in lost revenue. ProNest is a key component of Hypertherm’s integrated cutting solutions, providing support for the company’s True Hole and Rapid Part technologies.
‘People who pirate software leave a lot of victims in their wake. Companies like Hypertherm suffer because they are not adequately compensated for the extensive time and effort necessary to develop and refine advanced software such as ProNest. In addition, customers suffer because companies are unable to devote the needed resources to develop new and better software,’ said Nick Rosenberg, leader of Hypertherm’s software division.