SAP have done a U-Turn on their rule changes which meant customers needed to pay an additional fee for add-ons. Does this remove licensing liability?
I have red about it -in much discussed topic Indirect Usage of SAP software, a first success emerges: As the DSAG (The German speaking SAP User Group) reported on 31st of January, it has been granted by SAP that until the final clarification of the issue "NetWeaver Foundation for 3rd Party Products" all sales activities are to be ceased and all up to date "unsolved cases" in the market should be resolved promptly.
From a legal point of view regarding Indirect Usage of SAP, there are considerable doubts as to the validity of the NetWeaver Foundation for Third Party Applications license. Therefore, the introduction of SAP at this point could be an important and correct step in order to avoid legal escalation with customers.
Nevertheless, the issue Indirect Usage and the associated risk of sublicenses is not limited to this type of license. Rather, a multitude of issues arise in a networked, globalized infrastructure, also in the context of cloud-based usage scenarios.
In the absence of a precise definition of a license-dependent indirect usage, it is therefore premature to consider the issue of indirect usage as solved because of the current development. In addition, there are other license types in the current price list of the SAP, which declare indirect use of the software as licensed (e.g. Platform user).
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