Oracle piles on copyright charges to SAP complaint

Oracle has added new claims to its ongoing lawsuit against software rival SAP.

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Oracle has added new claims to its ongoing lawsuit against software rival SAP.

Oracle added copyright and breach-of-contract claims to its list of allegations against the German software vendor in an ammeded complaint filed Friday in the US District Court in San Francisco.

"This case is about corporate theft on a grand scale," Oracle's filings state. Oracle now alleges that SAP violated its copyright by illegally downloading software and support documents. The breach of contract claim alleges that SAP violated the terms of use of Oracle's Customer Connection support site.

The amended complaint had been expected by May 18, but that deadline was pushed back. It is the latest in a series of legal manoeuvres between the two companies, in their ongoing fight for dominance in the enterprise software market.

SAP plans to respond to Oracle's complaint by 2 July, the company said in a statement, released Friday. "At that time, SAP will set the record straight regarding Oracle's allegations. SAP is eager to vigorously defend this case," SAP said.

The suit alleges that staff at SAP's TomorrowNow subsidiary pretended to be Oracle customers in order to gain access to the PeopleSoft and JD Edwards customer support Web site. The lawsuit charges SAP, TomorrowNow, and 50 unnamed individuals with violating fraud laws and engaging in unfair competition and civil conspiracy.

The lawsuit came out of the blue two days after Oracle had announced strong third-quarter financial results and claimed its business applications revenue was growing much faster than that of rival and market-share leader SAP. The two companies have long been bitter competitors although they also have customers in common, for instance those running SAP applications on Oracle's databases or middleware.

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