The Aftermath: $1.3 Billion Oracle-SAP Verdict Is Biggest Ever For Software Piracy

Now that the dust has settled on the copyright infringement trial and its second phase, the spin doctors are out in full force.

From on-line blog TechCrunch:

“After an 11 day trial whose highlights included the hilarious “Where In The World Is HP CEO Leo Apotheker?“ the Oracle vs. SAP intellectual property case has finally ended today in a whopping $1.3 billion dollar verdict, “The largest amount ever awarded for software piracy” according to Oracle co-president Safra Catz.”

$1.3 Billion Oracle-SAP Verdict Is Biggest Ever For Software Piracy.

Official press release from SAP world headquarters provides this summary:

““We are, of course, disappointed by this verdict and will pursue all available options, including post-trial motions and appeal if necessary. This will unfortunately be a prolonged process and we continue to hope that the matter can be resolved appropriately without more years of litigation. The mark of a leading company is the way it handles its mistakes. As stated in court, we regret the actions of TomorrowNow, we have accepted liability, and have been willing to fairly compensate Oracle. Throughout this matter, our customers, employees and partners have stood by us and, for that, we are grateful. Our focus now is looking forward, helping our customers be best-run businesses, and extending our legacy of industry leadership well into the future. We thank the jury for its diligent service through this lengthy trial and the Court for its supervision of this complex case.”

http://www.sap.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/press.epx?pressid=14432

Official press release from Oracle world headquarters includes this statement:

“For more than three years, SAP stole thousands of copies of Oracle software and then resold that software and related services to Oracle’s own customers. Right before the trial began, SAP admitted its guilt and liability; then the trial made it clear that SAPs most senior executives were aware of the illegal activity from the very beginning. As a result, a United States Federal Court has ordered SAP to pay Oracle $1.3 billion. This is the largest amount ever awarded for software piracy.”

http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/189813

Needless to say for those of us with clients running one or both systems the end to the legal drama is good news for everyone.  The distractions in project and customer circles has been annoying at a minimum and obstructive in extreme cases.  Good cause to be thankful this holiday week.

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