SAP expected to start defence in Oracle copyright dispute


SAP expected to start defence in Oracle copyright dispute

Simon Quicke

SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott should take the stand today in the copyright case between his firm and Oracle.

This time last week Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, entered the Californian court room and revealed that it valued the code downloads by SAP division TomorrowNow at between $4bn to $5bn.

But SAP's boss should get his chance today to argue that it doesn't owe its rival billions but thousands of dollars in compensation.

The case started the week before last and Oracle's legal team expected to conclude its case today clearing the way for SAP to start its defence.

The vendor has admitted the downloading of Oracle code took place and taken steps to ensure a similar move would never be repeated. At the time of the downloading, in 2005, McDermott was running SAP America.

There have been ongoing attempts by Oracle's lawyers to subpoena former SAP CEO and current HP boss Leo Apotheker but so far he has managed to keep away from them.

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