A jury has awarded Oracle Corporation one-point-three-billion dollars in damages in a software theft case against European software maker SAP.
The decision in Oakland, California on Tuesday could be the largest-ever for copyright infringement. SAP, the top software maker in Europe, expressed its disappointment in the verdict and indicated an appeal is an option it’ll consider. The German company admitted from the beginning that its TomorrowNow subsidiary had wrongfully downloaded millions of Oracle’s files. That meant the issue before the jury was how much Oracle was owed in damages. SAP said no more than 40-million dollars, while Oracle said at least one-point-65-billion.