Posted by: Beth Pariseau
As reported by SearchSAP.com, SAP has finally issued a formal statement in response to the Oracle lawsuit — the company’s officials admit that TomorrowNow is guilty of “inappropriate downloads” of Oracle support materials.
In the original suit, Oracle accused SAP of compiling “an illegal library of Oracle’s copyrighted software code and other materials,” gaining access to Oracle’s password-protected customer support systems and “stealing software products and other confidential materials that Oracle developed to service its own support customers.”
In early June, Oracle amended the suit with seven additional pages of charges, including copyright infringement and breach of contract complaints. One example cited was SAP TN’s Daylight Savings Time (DST) fix.
“SAP TN’s ‘solution’ is substantially similar in total — and in large part appears to be copied identically from — Oracle’s DST Solution,” the brief read, saying that SAP TN’s DST change “even includes minor errors in the original DST Solution that Oracle later corrected. SAP TN’s version also substitutes an SAP TN logo in place of the original Oracle logo and copyright notice.”
SAP denied most of the charges brought by Oracle in its 20-page official response but did not deny that some activity went “beyond what is appropriate.” (It committed a third-party support faux pas?)
SAP said it plans to make changes to TomorrowNow’s operating structure but will not alter the Safe Passage program and will continue to add new customers through it.
Happy Fourth of July,