This is copyright infringement, but because of the potential impact of the case I decided to post here anyway. The following is excerpted from an October 28, 2010 article by Fritz Nelson of InformationWeek:
In a shocking last-minute move, SAP has admitted contributory liability in a court filing posted Thursday in the case Oracle has brought against it for copyright infringement involving its now-defunct TomorrowNow acquisition.
Earlier this year, SAP admitted only vicarious liability, meaning it admitted wrongdoing on TomorrowNow's part, but not its own, claiming TomorrowNow's illegal practices didn't occur with SAP's knowledge or involvement, as Oracle had claimed and upon which it had based hefty damage requests.
The SAP admission is also likely to increase the scope of damages a jury will award Oracle. Observers believe those damages could potentially be closer to the billions Oracle is seeking, rather than the roughly $40 million, which SAP has been hoping for.
Earlier Thursday afternoon, Oracle released the following statement: "SAP management has insisted for three and a half years of litigation that it knew nothing about SAP's own massive theft of Oracle's intellectual property. Today, SAP has finally confessed it knew about the theft all along. The evidence at trial will show that the SAP Board of Directors valued Oracle's copyrighted software so highly, they were willing to steal it rather than compete fairly."
Read the full article here.