swandives writes "SAP has agreed to pay just over $US20 million to settle a criminal case brought against its TomorrowNow subsidiary. SAP Chief Financial Officer of Global Customer Operations Mark White pleaded guilty on behalf of his company to charges that employees of TomorrowNow accessed Oracle's customer support portal without authorization and illegally downloaded software and support documents. In a plea agreement struck between SAP's TomorrowNow subsidiary and the U.S. Department of Justice, the company agreed to pay $20,004,800 in fines and submit to three years of corporate probation.
It seems like a lot, but $20 million isn't much when compared to the $1.3 billion in damages a civil jury ordered SAP to pay Oracle last year after arriving at a guilty verdict over related allegations."
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