Lawyers from SAP are arguing for reasonable fines as the Oracle TomorrowNow court battle draws to a close.
SAP has already publicly apologised for the theft of information by its TomorrowNow subsidiary, and is beginning the difficult business of agreeing on compensation.
The companies failed to agree on a level of compensation in court yesterday, and the question has been raised again.
A report on Reuters said that Stephen Clarke, SAP's damages expert, had pleaded for reason when setting a fine, and had suggested a limit of $40.6m (£25.5m).
"There is no anger allowed. There is no punishment allowed," he is reported to have said.
However, Oracle may not agree, particularly as chief executive Larry Ellison has already insisted that there is a lot more value in the stolen data.
Ellison claims that Oracle lost as much as $4bn (£2.5bn), and it is likely that he will be looking for remuneration which at least approaches this figure.
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