BO countersuit against a former partner highlights risks of a BO partnership

Friday 8 September 2006 @ 3:48 pm

If you are a current or former partner organization of Business Objects or are considering becoming a partner, you might want to read the legal documents ( suit and counter suit ) filed in the Michigan court battle between CTTS and Business Objects. CTTS filed the original suit over unpaid commissions. This prompted BO to deny that any commissions were due and also to file a counter suit that alleges several trademark and license violations by CTTS, along with an attempt to revoke their software licenses over the violations.

The alleged license violations are the interesting part for me. They will sound familiar to anyone who has followed my reporting on BO’s new training control initiative. If you haven’t read about it, BO is attempting to force independent training providers and independent courseware providers to pay significant fees for things like using screenshots in course books or installing valid software licenses in a classroom. They base these actions on tortured definitions of their own EULA terms and by ignoring, conveniently, the ‘fair use’ provisions in copyright law.

I would love to hear from any current or former partners (on or off the record) who would like to discuss this topic. In the meantime make sure you get everything in writing.

One Response to 'BO countersuit against a former partner highlights risks of a BO partnership'

  1. Ken Hamady - December 19th, 2006 at 10:47 am

    A new wrinkle in the case is that BO has apparently? canceled the licenses of CTTS as well as their support contracts, probably based on the BO claim in their countersuit of CTTS EULA and partner agreement violations. See this post for more info.

    The suit itself is still working its way through the court. It appears that the court is going to ask an independent jurist to review the case and make an initial assessment. The case, if it goes to trial, will probably not be resolved until summer.

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