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Rimini Street Loses Legal Round With Oracle

Application maintenance and support provider Rimini Street this week said its business won't be interrupted by a court ruling that it infringed on Oracle's software copyrights.

Rimini Street provides maintenance and support services for Oracle applications, including its PeopleSoft, Siebel and JD Edwards software. The company claims it can do the job for about 50 percent less than what Oracle charges. But Oracle sued Rimini Street in January 2010 alleging copyright infringement and unfair competition.
Last week the U.S. District Court ruled that Rimini Street had used illegal and unlicensed copies of PeopleSoft software as the basis of its business. The amount of damages in the case will be determined in a trial. Rimini Street CEO Seth Ravin, in a letter to customers, said the case isn't settled and argued that independent software support is a viable model.

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