By Paul McDougall
January 26, 2010
The battle between Oracle and Seth Ravin is on again--and customers
might get caught in the crossfire.
InformationWeek has learned that the software maker on Monday filed a
lawsuit against Ravin's Rimini Street, Inc. for allegedly swiping Oracle
software and intellectual property so it can provide cut-rate,
third-party support to Oracle customers.
The outcome of the case could impact businesses' ability to turn to
unofficial support channels in order to bypass pricey enterprise
software maintenance contracts that can cost millions of dollars.
Oracle said Rimini Street is using ill-gotten materials to provide such
services. "This case is about massive theft of Oracle's software and
related support materials through an illegal business model," Oracle
said in court papers filed Monday in federal court in Nevada.
Oracle and Ravin, who is president and CEO of Rimini Street, have
crossed paths before.
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