When I read the article on the suit filed by Oracle against SAP, I found myself wondering about Oracles license management system. Time and the courts will tell if SAP is guilty of the charges filed against them by Oracle, but I was surprised that Oracle customers (or SAP employees as the suit claims) would be able to download software that the Oracle customer had not licensed.
Is it legal to pretend to be your competitor’s customer and download software? If it is legal, is it ethical? In a competitive business environment, is “all fair in love and war?”
I personally believe that even if the practice is deemed legal, it is definitely unethical to pretend to be a competitor’s customer for the purpose of downloading confidential materials and software.