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Oracle Issues Statement

Statement after winning a record $1.3 billion judgment against SAP - the largest amount ever awarded for software piracy

It took Oracle a while to recover from its giddiness at winning a record $1.3 billion judgment against SAP Tuesday to issue a statement that nobody in the press could wait for.

One gathers that means it was surprised and unprepared as well as silly with delight. Nevertheless when it finally found its voice it had its president, Safra Catz, reiterate its position.

She said:

“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 SAP’s 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.”

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