U.S. News | Oracle Sues Envisage Technologies for Copyright Infringement

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Oracle America Inc. and Oracle International Corporation have filed a lawsuit in the California Northern District Court against Envisage Technologies LLC for copyright infringement.

The plaintiffs allege that the defendant is using its unlicensed access to a version of Oracle Database, its proprietary data storage, retrieval, and manipulation software to obtain subscription revenue from its customers without a license or permission.

According to the lawsuit, Envisage purchased a perpetual license and support services for Oracle Database Standard Edition 1 (SE1) for $8,500 in 2016 as a pilot for one account which permits Envisage to run SE1 on two processors with internet hosting rights that allow the defendant to offer the programs to its end users for their internal business operations.

The plaintiffs reportedly said that Envisage is an independent software vendor that specializes in developing, marketing, and selling software solutions. Envisage reportedly hosts data for large customer accounts, including federal, state, and local government entities that typically have large workloads.

The plaintiffs allege that Envisage deploys its applications on Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) which prohibits customers from hosting proprietary applications on Amazon RDS using Oracle Database unless they own the appropriate supported Oracle Licenses purchased from Oracle.

The plaintiffs reportedly said that Envisage is running its Database SE1 on eight or more processors as an Amazon RDS customer, in violation of its licensing agreement with Oracle and Amazon’s policies.

Oracle is seeking declaratory relief, damages, including treble damages for willful infringement, and its attorneys’ fees and costs.

The case is ongoing.

Oracle America, Inc. et al v. Envisage Technologies, LLC.

Judge: Joseph C Spero
Court: California Northern District Court
Case #: 3:21-cv-03540
Nature of Suit: Copyright 
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: May 11, 2021


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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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