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Court cuts damages in Oracle vs SAP case

Judge rules that $1.3 billion damages payment to Oracle should be cut

The US court has ruled that damages should be cut to $272m.
The US court has ruled that damages should be cut to $272m.

A US judge has ruled to cut the damages payable by SAP to Oracle over copyright infringement.

The US District Court in Oakland, California, ruled that the record $1.3 billion damages awarded to Oracle after SAP was found to have illegally downloaded Oracle support material, was "grossly excessive", and ordered the amount cut to $272 million.

The award was made by jury decision in November last year, as the result of a 2007 case against SAP's TomorrowNow subsidiary, a third party support provider, which had downloaded Oracle patches and software updates from an Oracle support site without the appropriate licenses.

If Oracle does not accept the reduced damages, it can push for a retrial of the case. The original award was the largest every payout in a copyright infringement case.

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