Arik Hesseldahl

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SAP Will Pay Oracle $306 Million Over Copyright Infringement

Software giant Oracle has agreed to accept $306 million in damages from rival SAP stemming from the bitter copyright infringement lawsuit the two contested in 2010. A jury had initially awarded Oracle $1.3 billion until a judge set that judgment aside, a decision which Oracle says it intends to appeal. SAP admitted to the infringement on the eve of the trial, pled guilty to several criminal charges stemming from the theft of Oracle software and paid fines to the U.S. Department of Justice.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik