Oracle Gets $71 Million for Copyright Claims

     SAN JOSE (CN) – TERiX Computer Co. will pay Oracle $57.7 million to settle copyright claims, on top of $14 million a co-defendant promised to pay Oracle in May.
     Oracle sued TeriX, Maintech and three others in January 2014, claiming they violated copyright by offering third-party customer support for Oracle’s Unix-based Solaris operating system, using proprietary Oracle updates and server support materials.
     TERiX and Maintech filed counterclaims, claiming Oracle violated antitrust law by tying system updates to support-services contracts and squeezing them out of a “robust” third-party aftermarket.
     Maintech agreed in May to pay Oracle $14 million to put the matter to rest, and agreed to provisions that prohibit it from providing software, software support materials, bug fixes or other Oracle-based support “to anyone.”
     TERiX agreed to a similar stipulated agreement on June 10. It will pay Oracle $57.7 million for its computer fraud and Lanham Act claims, and is prohibited from providing support of any kind to Oracle customers.
     TERiX and Maintech recover nothing in their counterclaims and must pay their own attorneys’ fees.
     “This stipulated judgment, in conjunction with the settlement agreement and the stipulated judgment between Oracle and Maintech, adjudicates all claims at issue in this litigation, and is a final judgment.” U.S. District Judge Paul Grewal wrote in the 9-page order.

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