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Jury to decide damages in Oracle SAP case

Oracle seeking up to $3 billion in damages after SAP admits taking software and support materials

Jury to decide damages in Oracle SAP case
Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, testified at the trial earlier this month.

A jury will decide damages in the Oracle SAP copyright case, after SAP admitted to "massive and prolonged" infringement of Oracle's copyrights.

The case went to an eight-person jury in California yesterday, with lawyers for Oracle pushing for damages of up to $3 billion.

David Boies, the lawyer for Oracle, said that SAP should pay for the fair-value equivalent of licensing of the software that it took from Oracle, with a value of between $1.65 billion and $3 billion. An expert witness hired by Oracle had previously put the value of the licence at $1.7 billion.

SAP admitted that its defunct TomorrowNow third party support subsidiary illegally downloaded software and support materials from an Oracle website, although its lawyers say damages should only amount to $40 million.

Oracle claims that SAP planned to use the stolen materials for Oracle's PeopleSoft and JD Edwards applications to try and get Oracle customers to convert to SAP solutions.

The jury is expected to reach a verdict before Thanksgiving on Thursday.

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