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    News - Jury orders SAP to pay Oracle $1.3 billion

    The TomorrowNow case comes to a conclusion with the biggest ever award for software piracy.
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    Re: News - Jury orders SAP to pay Oracle $1.3 billion

    Wait, what am I missing here? It's illegal to download publicly accessible programme files from a website? Since when?
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    Re: News - Jury orders SAP to pay Oracle $1.3 billion

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    Wait, what am I missing here? It's illegal to download publicly accessible programme files from a website? Since when?
    It is when you use them to take business away from the company providing them, apparently.

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    Re: News - Jury orders SAP to pay Oracle $1.3 billion

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    It is when you use them to take business away from the company providing them, apparently.
    Ahhhh, so if you compete against US corporations, you get the legal smackdown. Makes sense. At least their briber.. erm.. 'donation' money is going to good use.
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    Re: News - Jury orders SAP to pay Oracle $1.3 billion

    Without knowing the details of the case, I suspect the contents of those pages remained the property of Oracle, so SAP (or TomorrowNow) had no business grabbing it.

    However, when something is publicly accessible it's usually a good idea to state clearly what it can and can't be used for, even if it's via a robots.txt to stop automated crawling of it, but in this case it was software, so did the license forbid redistribution? I hope so. But if it did surely it would have been an open/shut case.

    So basically, it looks like Oracle have been idiots with their own data, and get paid $1.3bn for it.
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