Oracle is in the process of suing its arch-rival SAP in the United States District Court of the Northern District of California over alleged copying of thousands of documents from the Oracle website.
Oracle claims SAP logged onto its website using the log-on information of some of Oracle's clients and wrongfully downloaded software support and maintenance documents and software that even those clients did not have the right to copy.
The downloaded documents and software can apparently be used by SAP in direct competition with Oracle in the support and maintenance of Oracle products.
Oracle's court documents outline a host of claims against SAP including copyright infringement, violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and of the Computer Data Access and Fraud Act, breach of contract, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, negligent interference with prospective financial advantage, unfair competition, trespass to chattel and unjust enrichment and restitution.
Put a general copyright notice on the website and also on any downloadable document and software on the website.
Include a privacy statement on the website which includes information about how users may be tracked (including that cookies may be used and that a user's IP address may be tracked).
Full details of the Oracle claim against SAP can be viewed at www.oracle.com/sapsuit/amended-complaint.pdf
This article was written by senior associate Heidi Leslie and first published on Friday 6 July 2007.
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