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Apparently Volkswagen is not alone in getting duped by rogue engineers. As you may recall, Volkswagen is blaming its emissions software scandal on engineers who secretly tinkered with the company’s emissions software code unbeknownst to the top brass. Not to be undone by VW, a big Autodesk competitor on Wednesday blamed “an employee” for pilfering the source code from the popular AutoCAD design program and using it to run China-based ZWSoft’s competing product, ZWCAD+.
And what a difference a day makes, too. Just months ago, the Chinese company claimed in a copyright infringement lawsuit (PDF) brought by California-based Autodesk that all its code was licensed, open sourced and developed internally. What’s more, ZWSoft said the National Copyright Administration of the People’s Republic of China had verified the product, too.
But now the company is issuing an apology and claims the entire infringing affair isn’t management’s fault but the work of a single engineer.
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