Oracle Wants $1 Billion More From SAP in TomorrowNow Copyright Case
Oracle said last month that it plans to appeal a federal judge’s ruling setting aside the $1.3 billion in damages awarded by a federal jury in November of 2010. The German company lost in court after admitting that people in its now-shuttered TomorrowNow unit illegally downloaded millions of copies of Oracle software. SAP had admitted to the infringement.
Last month, Oracle agreed to accept $306 million from SAP, averting the need for a retrial, and freeing Oracle to appeal the judge’s ruling on the larger damages award to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The $1.3 billion award is the largest ever awarded by a jury in a copyright case.
SAP sent a statement essentially saying that it would get the whole thing over and done with:
SAP is disappointed that Oracle continues to prolong the case. We agreed to reasonable terms in this case, as we believe it’s gone on long enough. We remain determined to work through the legal process to bring this case to resolution.
SAP’s admission prompted a criminal case, which SAP settled last year. Oracle first filed suit against SAP in April of 2007.