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$1.3 billion awarded in U.S Data Theft case

The BBC has today reported that European software giant SAP has been ordered to pay its U.S rival, Oracle $1.3 billion following the theft of data.

SAP’s subsidiary TomorrowNow stole customer-support documents, with Oracle alleging that the German company wanted to poach the 358 customers involved. Safra Catz, co president of Oracle stated:
“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. The trial made it clear that SAP’s most senior executives were aware of the illegal activity from the very beginning”.

Although SAP admitted it had made a mistake: “We regret the actions of TomorrowNow, we have accepted liability and have been willing to fairly compensate Oracle”, it had claimed it owed just $40 billion, although this was rejected b the court. Compensation of $1.65 billion was initially demanded by Oracle.

SAP has stated it will “pursue all available options, including post-trial motions and appeal if necessary”.The jury reached its decision after only a day of deliberation.

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