Oracle sues NEC over alleged software contract and copyright infringements


Oracle offices in Burlington, MA, USA REUTERS / Brian Snyder

  • NEC’s use of database software in the identification system would have exceeded the license
  • Oracle said it suffered more than $ 7 million in damages

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(Reuters) – Oracle America has sued Japanese information technology company NEC Corp in California federal court for alleged copyright infringement by violating its popular database software license agreement. ‘Oracle.

NEC uses Oracle’s software in its biometric identification system in a way that goes beyond its license terms, causing Oracle to suffer more than $ 7 million in damages, the Thursday complaint mentionned.

Austin-based Oracle declined to comment on the complaint. Oracle attorneys Fred Norton and Bree Hann of the Norton law firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and neither did NEC.

The company’s Oracle database software – which it claims enables reliable and secure data storage, retrieval and modification – is one of the company’s flagship products and has become ” ‘most popular company in the world,’ according to the complaint.

Oracle said it licensed the software to NEC from 2004. NEC used the software in its Integra-ID 5, a biometric identification system that provides fingerprint, facial, voice and other matching capabilities. to the police.

During NEC’s 2019 audit, Oracle said it found “a lot of compliance issues” with its license. NEC allegedly distributed the software in excess of its rights, paid a license fee at a lower rate than it should have, modified the software without permission, and authorized the Ohio State Police to use it with unauthorized law enforcement software created by another company, among other things.

NEC has not responded to the audit findings despite several requests since October 2020, according to the complaint.

The case is Oracle America Inc. v. NEC Corp. of America, US District Court for the Northern District of California, No. 5: 21-cv-05270.

For Oracle: Fred Norton and Bree Hann of Norton Law Firm

For NEC Corp: N / A

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