SAP Ordered by Court to Pay $1.3 Billion to Oracle for Copyright Infringement

By on Nov 24, 2010 in Technology Comments

German application software firm SAP was ordered by a California court to pay database giant firm Oracle a whopping $1.3 billion (£820 million) due to a data theft case, according to international reports.

The copyright infringement charges stemmed from the time SAP bought US technology firm TomorrowNow, which copied Oracle software and confidential data by pretending to be Oracle clients.

SAP admitted guilt to the copyright infringement charges. The admission of SAP led to the deliberations on how much must be paid by SAP as damages to Oracle.

Oracle revealed that  SAP used a customized software tool called “Titan” to steal Oracle‘s patches, updates, fixes, and other programs that are dedicated only for Oracle‘s paying clients.

SAP earlier contested that it should only pay $40 million to Oracle, but the the court ruled in Oracle‘s favor.

The three-day trial was attended by Oracle chief executive, Larry Ellison, and SAP co-chief executive Bill McDermott.

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