How to embarrass the competition
By keeping the case in the courts, Oracle gets to keep its chief applications competitor, SAP, rocked back on its heels. But a mitigating fact, perhaps, is that TomorrowNow did what it did in an easily detectable fashion. It was wrong in the eyes of the law. It had taken a convenient route of rationalizing that it was standing in for the customer and had the same rights as a customer, when it was in fact a support competitor with Oracle. The court will punish such behavior but not in the same way it would discipline lying, coverup and outright theft. The fact that Oracle was aware of the downloads and allowed them to continue, building both its incident count and grievance, may also have been noted by the court.