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Oracle appeals SAP damage award

Wants more cash for copyright infringement
Tue Sep 04 2012, 11:04

ENTERPRISE SOFTWARE GIANT Oracle is appealing the damages awarded from SAP that it was granted and is pushing for more.

The news has disappointed SAP, according to a German newspaper, and the firm is worried that the appeal will draw out the five year long legal battle even longer.

"We are disappointed that the lawsuit Oracle pulls further out," said a SAP spokesman to the German newspaper Mannheimer Morgen.

"We had agreed on a sensible arrangement, because we believe that this case has gone on long enough. We remain committed to bring this dispute to an end."

Neither firm has commented yet, but the appeal follows SAP's admission of liability in the Tomorrownow affair.

SAP pleaded guilty last year and acknowledged that its Tomorrownow subsidiary had done wrong. Tomorrownow was accused of downloading information belonging to Oracle, including software and customer information related to Peoplesoft users.

Oracle was initially awarded $1.3bn in damages but this was knocked down to $306m by a judge who told it that it had two options, accept that sum or take SAP back to court.

It appears that Oracle has decided to go with the latter option. µ


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