Oracle seeks to add to $1.3B fine against SAP

December 11, 2010

(AP) -- Oracle wants to make SAP's $1.3 billion penalty for stealing intellectual property even bigger.

On Friday, asked a judge to add $211.7 million in interest to the $1.3 billion fine that a levied against SAP last month.

The judge still needs to formally impose the fine. There is a possibility she could reduce it. SAP can appeal.

Oracle, based in Redwood Shores, and SAP are two of the world's biggest business software makers. Their three-week trial exposed a remarkable example of corporate espionage.

Germany-based SAP admitted a subsidiary mined the contents of password-protected Oracle websites, downloading software and customer support documents to help steal Oracle customers.

SAP says Oracle shouldn't get any more money beyond the fine. Oracle declined comment.

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not rated yet Dec 11, 2010
If SAP' subsidiary had mined the contents of password-protected websites, downloading software and customer support documents to help steal customers of a start up we would have never known except in SAP's fatter profits. This was not merely corporate espionage but economic theft that poisons economic growth and so makes us all losers.
not rated yet Dec 11, 2010
Personally, I believe "intellectual property", in the interest of the betterment of mankind, should be shared across the entire civilization.

At least once every 7 years or so, all companies should be required to give all their technology to their competitors and vice-versa. This would allow the advancement of technology at a much more rapid pace, instead of 2 or 5 or 10 different groups each needing to "reinvent the wheel".

Our computers could instantly be two or 3 times better if Intel and AMD were required to share technology.
not rated yet Dec 16, 2010
This does not say much for Oracle security. If a small subsidiary can hack into your systems, what can I as a Oracle client expect! If I were Oracle I would not advertise my weaknesses.

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