SAP AG’s, now officially disbanded, software maintenance wing has plead guilty of illegally downloading software belonging to Oracle Corp. The unit will now to pay $20 million as penalty; a US court gave its approval to the settlement proposal coined by the guilty side.
It all started some four years back in 2007 when TomorrowNow- the software maintenance unit of SAP AG was charged with as much as 11 counts of unauthorised computer access, as well as 1 count of criminal copyright violation.
The settlement came into the public domain only recently with unconfirmed reports regarding the penalty involved in the case.
"We believe that the resolution of this investigation is fair. We are pleased to have come to an appropriate conclusion of this process," an SAP spokesman said in a statement, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The spokesman also reassured by saying that no other unit of SAP AG has been charged with similar accusations so far.
On the other hand, an Oracle spokeswoman expressed her company’s happiness on the outcome by saying, “Oracle has spent the last four years uncovering SAP's massive copyright theft and SAP finally pleaded guilty in Federal Court to criminal charges for its illegal scheme".