Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) has won a court case that is going to require SAP AG to pay them $1.3 billion for copyright infringement. This is the largest jury award of 2010. This is the largest ever award for copyright infringement as well. And out of all the jury awards given out, this is the 23rd largest.
The jury made the decision after an 11-day trial in Oakland, California. Oracle claimed SAP made hundreds of thousands of illegal downloads and copies of Oracle software to avoid paying license fees and to steal customers.
SAP did not dispute infringement by its TomorrowNow unit. SAP had acquired TomorrowNow in 2005 and shut it down in 2008. SAP claimed that they owed only $40 million.