Obamacare (Healthcare.gov) Website Violates Licensing Agreement for Copyrighted Software from British Company SpryMedia


What a joke, You just can’t make this stuff up …

The Weekly Standard is reporting that the Obamacare webite, Healthcare.gov, violates licensing agreement for copyrighted software and uses a copyrighted web script for a data function for the site. UNREAL. As if the roll out of Obamacare has not been enough of an epic failure, now this. They had over 3 years and hundreds of millions of dollars and this is what was produced. Way to go Barack. I am pretty sure that violating copyrighted software and scripts is not considered a glitch. It is reported that SpryMedia said it was “extremely disappointed” to see the code used without the copyright notice, and that they’ll be looking into the issue with HHS.


Healthcare.gov, the federal government’s Obamacare website, has been under heavy criticism from friend and foe alike during its first two weeks of open enrollment.  Repeated errors and delays have prevented many users from even establishing an account, and outside web designers have roundly panned the structure and coding of the site as amateurish and sloppy.  The latest indication of the haphazard way in which Healthcare.gov was developed is the uncredited use of a copyrighted web script for a data function used by the site, a violation of the licensing agreement for the software.

The script in question is called DataTables, a very long and complex piece of website software used for formatting and presenting data.  DataTables was developed by a British company called SpryMedia which licenses the open-source software freely to anyone who complies with the licensing agreement.  A note at the bottom of the DataTables.net website says: “DataTables designed and created by SpryMedia © 2008-2013.”  The company explains the license for using the software on that website [emphasis added]:

More from NRO:

The copyright is in the opening lines of the software, an example of which can be found on SpryMedia’s website, but TWS says it’s not anywhere in Healthcare.gov’s code:


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