Oracle Corporation is alleging "corporate theft on a grand scale" in a lawsuit filed Thursday against enterprise software rival SAP. The lawsuit alleges that a SAP-owned services subsidiary illegally accessed and downloaded thousands of files containing code, patches and other copyrighted Oracle materials using false credentials between September 2006 and January 2007.

The subsidiary, SAP TN, is accused of using fake or nearly out-of-date credentials to access copyrighted software and support materials related to JD Edwards and PeopleSoft products that became Oracle property when it acquired those companies. The downloads were allegedly done through Oracle's password protected Customer Connection Web site and traced back to IP addresses at SAP TN's Bryan, Texas offices. As a result, the suit alleges, SAP has "compiled an illegal library of Oracle's copyrighted software code and other materials."

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