Eye on Oracle

Jul 3 2007   12:04PM GMT

Oracle sues SAP: SAP responds

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: 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,

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  • James Kilroy
    Two thoughts: 1. It is ironic that SAP hints that SAP TN's success is due to the fact that Oracle overcharges its customers on maintenance to fund acquisitions and unneeded development, given that SAP does exactly the same thing to its customers. 2. Oracle makes lots of money on SAP customers who use Oracle as the underlying DBMS software. As the relationship between the two companies continues to degrade, many customers could be scared off Oracle and switch to Microsoft SQL Server or IBM DB2. In the end, Oracle's sniping at SAP could cost it far more in database software contracts that what it may gain in this short-term attack.
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