Oracle v SAP: Where are the Feds?
Throughout the news are many reports of a record damages award against SAP in a copyright lawsuit brought by Oracle (see also). It stands to reason therefore that the infringements in question were done on a commercial scale. However, nowhere can I find any mention of criminal charges being brought. If copyright infringement is such an important issue to the US economy why haven’t law enforcement authorities brought charges based on this finding?
Is it just my ignorance? Have charges been laid already?
Note here: I’m not talking about an (per Ellison) ‘“industrial espionage scheme” to steal Oracle software‘. Rather, criminal copyright infringement. There is speculation about charges, and that the DOJ has had “an interest in the case” since 2007 – but it is not clear whether they refer to unauthorised access or copyright infringement. Apparently the DOJ are neither confirming nor denying.