Marketing my own ABAP subsystem

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I have an ABAP subsystem I'd like to market. What avenues must I take to market the product? Do I have to go through SAP certification? Or, can I copywright it without SAP certification?

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I have seen several third-party products for SAP that are not SAP certified. I think those vendors who certify their products with SAP do so to gain competitive advantage over other vendors, not because it is required. I think that, as long as you distribute your product in such a way that it is only in the customer namespace, SAP doesn’t have to be involved at all. It would be classified the same as any other customer development.

My understanding of (US) copyright law says that you already have the copyright for any software you have written. I don’t think there is a registration of copyrights like there is for patents. Of course, you should consult an attorney who specializes in copyright law before distributing code!

Regards,
David

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  • Thinker46
    I believe that the other answer you have gotten is correct; as long as your development is created in the customer namespace and not SAP delivered packages, it is marketable without certification. The basic copyright comment is also correct -- theoretically, if yo can prove you createdit first, it's automatically copyrighted; however, if you don't actually REGISTER the copyright, don't expect to win a lawsuit if someone steals your code! S W Cohrs
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    I believe that the other answer you have gotten is correct; as long as your development is created in the customer namespace and not SAP delivered packages, it is marketable without certification. The basic copyright comment is also correct -- theoretically, if yo can prove you createdit first, it's automatically copyrighted; however, if you don't actually REGISTER the copyright, don't expect to win a lawsuit if someone steals your code! S W Cohrs
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  • Fjbsaper
    Sorry but you're all wrong. Review SAP copyright: Unless specified by SAP (in Writing) any development and rights thereto belongs to SAP. Enjoy
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  • Sapfool
    Hi, Don't know about your company ... I seem to remember signing something when I hired on, 17 years ago, about "intellectual property". Given what a SAP system costs, you've probably done it on company time, hardware, and software. I wrote a COBOL program based on an IDMS datatbase that my manager thought may have been marketable ... it got stalled in the the companys legal department. See an attorney ... CYA. Regards, Bill
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