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SAP agrees to pay Oracle $306m in copyright fight

Oracle expects more to come
Fri Aug 03 2012, 13:01
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SOFTWARE VENDORS Oracle and SAP have stipulated that SAP will pay Oracle $306m as partial damages in a copyright infringement lawsuit.

SAP had already admitted that its software was scraping Oracle's software and running it on SAP servers. Now the two firms have stipulated that SAP will pay Oracle $306m in damages with Oracle looking forward to SAP's appeal of the 2010 verdict where it won a $1.2bn damages claim.

Oracle filed its lawsuit against SAP back in April 2007, alleging the firm had systematically tried to steal its software. SAP admitted this and Oracle was quick to allege that Leo Apotheker, the then CEO of SAP, knew of the dirty deeds.

Geoff Howard of Oracle's law firm Bingham McCutchen said, "SAP's web scraper alone resulted in more than 10 million copies of Oracle's downloaded software and support materials running on SAP's servers. SAP's executive management team, including former CEO Leo Apotheker and current executives, knew about this massive theft all along and SAP had to concede infringement. Don't underestimate how unusual the conduct underlying this suit was."

Oracle will now try to extract $1.2bn from SAP as SAP appeals the record damage award that was handed down in 2010. While SAP might be able to get that figure revised down, given its admission of guilt and the verdict it is unlikely to get off Scot free. &micro


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