re: Oracle Wins Case Against Third-Party Support Provider
I think this what MS used to do previously.. As a part of their "Trustworthy Computing" initiative, all patch management vendors were forced to abide by Microsoft's rule book. I don't see lot of those in the news lately.. I guess MS had been entering some sort of agreement with these third party vendors (eg: Altiris). Why don't Oracle do the same ? Why do they insist on providing support for their products when a thrid party provider can do this at a lower cost?
Unrelated note: 2 years back, we had to do a POC and I wanted to use Oracle's Express edition as a back-end for that. Our company's lawyers read the whole TOS and found buried within the agreement, clauses stating that the "Express Edition" is not really free and Oracle has rights to demand to see the data in the database etc., I went with MySQL instead. Just an example of how aggressive Oracle's legal team is. Bottom line - They are ready to sue anyone, anywhere. Being their customer doesn't mean a thing..