Oracle’s $1.3 billion verdict against SAP overturned

Copyright infringement fines were “grossly excessive,” judge says

Yesterday U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton overturned Oracle Corp.'s $1.3 billion copyright infringement verdict against rivaling software company SAP AG. The November 2010 verdict, which was a record for copyright infringement case, was “grossly excessive,” according to Hamilton.

Hamilton’s ruling would reduce the damages award from $1.3 billion to $272 million. If Oracle rejects the decision, SAP will get a new trial.

Danielle Feinstein

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