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SAP Agrees To Pay Oracle $306 Million In Corporate Theft Case 29

angry tapir writes "SAP has agreed to pay Oracle US$306 million in connection with the corporate-theft case that Oracle filed against it and a former SAP subsidiary in 2007, according to a filing made Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The long-running legal dispute centers on illegal downloads of Oracle software and support materials by SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow, which offered lower-cost support services for Oracle software. SAP admitted liability for actions taken by TomorrowNow workers, and a jury awarded Oracle US$1.3 billion in damages in November 2010." The $1.3 billion fine was overturned shortly after, causing more months of litigation.
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SAP Agrees To Pay Oracle $306 Million In Corporate Theft Case

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  • Wrong headline (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 04, 2012 @01:50AM (#40875819)

    SAP Agrees To Pay Oracle $306 Million In Corporate Copying Case

    There fixed that for you. This is Slashdot, where everybody knows that COPYING is NOT stealing.

  • ...is stealing my creative content.
  • by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Saturday August 04, 2012 @03:14AM (#40876037) Homepage Journal

    Damages. Fine. Not the same thing.

  • by erp_consultant ( 2614861 ) on Saturday August 04, 2012 @04:39AM (#40876275)
    TomorrowNow was guilty of downloading copy written materials from Oracle's corporate website without permission and got caught. It was always a very much arms length relationship with SAP. Back when PeopleSoft was an independent company it was one of the leaders in the ERP market, along with Oracle and SAP. When PeopleSoft got swallowed up by Oracle (and Siebel not long after) SAP saw an opportunity to woo PeopleSoft customers away from Oracle. So they bought up TomorrowNow, which at the time was supplying third party support for PeopleSoft customers, in the hope that TN could bring some customers SAP's way. But SAP more or less left TN alone to do their business and was unaware of the wrongdoing that was going on. Now that Oracle has won this case they have their sights on Rimini Street, another third party support provider. What these companies do is provide support for enterprise software products at basically 1/2 the price that Oracle charges. Typical support prices are 17% of the purchase price yearly. So if you dropped a million on an ERP system (not at all uncommon) you could be looking at 170K per year in support costs. A lot of customers feel that is an outrageous amount so they go shopping for alternatives. Oracle wants to end third party support full stop because it's a major cash cow for them and they will use the courts to do it. There is already a pending case against Rimini Street and I suspect that Oracle's strategy will be to sue them out of existence. Personally I'm pulling for Rimini on this one. I think it's good that customers have alternatives. Well, that and Larry is an asshole.
  • $306 Million... That's a Lot of LEGOs!

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