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June 18, 2013

Oracle wins copyright infringement lawsuit against ServiceKey

Oracle filed a lawsuit against ServiceKey and its CEO in 2012.

By CBR Staff Writer

Oracle has won a copyright infringement lawsuit against managed service provider ServiceKey and its CEO, Angela Vines.

Last year, Oracle sued ServiceKey and its CEO for copyright infringement, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse and Lanham Acts, fraud, intentional interference with prospective economic relations and unfair competition.

The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

ServiceKey admitted that it illegally and without authorisation downloaded, copied and distributed Oracle’s copyrighted Solaris Operating System, including Solaris software updates and patches.

The company has also said it falsely advertised their ability to provide the copyrighted Oracle Solaris patches to customers, and illegally trafficked in passwords to Oracle’s customer support website.

ServiceKey and Vines will not be allowed to give, receive, sell or otherwise provide any Oracle/Sun software and/or support materials, including any updates, bug fixes, patches, media kits or other proprietary software support materials, and including any patches, bug fixes or updates to the Solaris Operating System.

Oracle attorney Geoff Howard said the judgement establishes the liability by ServiceKey and its CEO that the company would have proved at trial and, through the Court’s injunction, protects its intellectual property, including its Solaris Operating System, from ServiceKey and Vines in the future.

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"This Court order also allows Oracle to audit ServiceKey’s and Vines’ activities in the future to assure compliance with the judgement and injunction," Howard said.

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