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The quantum legal battle between Oracle and Rimini Street continues, with an appeals judge this month confirming Rimini can't claw back the $28.5m it was forced to cough up to foot Oracle's lawyer bills. And, yes, Rimini is still banned from ripping off Oracle's intellectual property.
We say quantum because the case always appears to be in a superposition of Oracle and Rimini both claiming victory simultaneously.
Case - Question - Spat - Copyright - Enterprise
The case in question is that very long-running spat over copyright theft by bargain-basement enterprise software support biz Rimini Street. Back in 2015, after a five-year struggle through the courts, Rimini was ordered to pay Oracle damages for downloading and distributing Big Red's support materials without proper permission. Ever since then, Rimini has been wrangling to overturn that finding, and slash the amount it has to pay out, appealing the matter all the way to the US Supreme Court and back again.
In Oracle's corner, a spokesperson told us on Monday that a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that Rimini can't claim back the $28.5m it was ordered to pay out to cover the database giant's attorneys' fees from earlier court hearings, despite Rimini's protests. According to Oracle, Rimini has, to date, handed $90m over to the Silicon Valley goliath as a result of the copyright debacle.
Addition - Appeals - Court - Injunction - PDF
In addition, the appeals court upheld a permanent injunction [PDF] issued by a lower court ordering Rimini Street to not "reproduce, prepare...
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