Japanese auto maker Nissan has filed a suit against Software AG alleging that the Germany-based software vendor tried to charge it about $3m for applications license.
Nissan filed the suit in Nashville District Court in US saying that it was charged this amount for the right to transfer Software AG’s applications to Indian offshore service provider Satyam. Nissan has used Software AG’s Adabas data management software and Natural programming environment for its order-management system and other business tools since 1983.
Software AG recently has engaged in a widespread practice of auditing its licenses and demanding more fees from its licensees who are dependent on the Software AG software for their business operations, Nissan said in the court filing.
According to Nissan, in 1999, it paid Software AG $343,800 so IBM could access Adabas and Natural as Nissan’s outsource vendor. However, Software AG demanded an additional access fee of $3 million when Nissan handed application development work to Satyam in 2006. Nissan claims that the new vendor should be covered by the already paid access fee.
Source: ComputerWire daily updates