Mars, the US confectionery company that made revenues of $33bn in 2014, filed a court action against Oracle in October last year, which showed just how far the software vendor would go to ensure it makes money through its much-criticised software licensing audit practices.
Mars wanted the Superior Court of California County of San Francisco to order Oracle to limit its audit activities in accordance with the audit clause in its 1993 Software Licence and Services Agreement with Mars, and to bar Oracle from following through on its threat to terminate Mars’ licence and software update licence from October if Mars did not comply with various demands Oracle had made during the course of the audit.
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