SAP Changes Its Strategy in Oracle Copyright Suit

SAP AG shifted strategies in a long-running legal battle against Oracle Corp., moving to head off what it called an attempt by Oracle to create a “media circus” around the role of a former SAP chief executive who has been named to run Hewlett-Packard Co.

The German software company said it will no longer contest Oracle’s allegations that it contributed to acts of copyright infringement committed by a discontinued unit called TomorrowNow.

Previously, SAP had accepted liability for the unit’s actions, which included illegally downloading thousands of Oracle documents from its customer-support systems. But SAP had denied knowing of or contributing to those actions. A trial to determine damages in the case is scheduled to begin Monday.

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