Ellison to speak (and speak and speak) at Oracle/SAP trial

Challenge: don't overshadow real charges, enrage jurors.

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You'd think it would make Larry Ellison nervous to know not only that he was going to have to take the stand at the SAP/Oracle civil trial to describe how horribly SAP mistreated and took advantage of poor, naive little Oracle, but that the FBI was taking enough interest in the case to send an agent to listen to the arguments every day in a San Francisco Court.

The feds would only say they have an interest, which may not last for long after Larry begins speaking.

You'd think people would have heard enough of what Larry had to say about the case, but apparently not.

Maybe they're hoping to filter out the Reality Show and Drama Queen from the Tech CEO and get some straight answers on what is apparently a legitimate suit alleging not only that an SAP subsidiary illegally downloaded Oracle software, but that SAP knew it was happening when it bought the subsidiary.

Now the challenge will be for Ellison to give testimony instead of invective (and to squeeze an ego so large he once had to take it on a round-the-world yacht race to give it enough breathing room.

SAP has already admitted to large parts of the charge of the allegations; now it and Oracle are arguing whether however much money Oracle will ask for (roughly "all of it") is "a windfall" or a justifiable payment for the use of intellectual property.

Somehow I don't see Larry talking credibly on anything with the word "intellectual" in it.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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