On Monday January 25, Oracle filed a lawsuit in US District Court for the District of Nevada, where it claims that third party support provider Rimini Street’s business model revolves around illegally helping itself to Oracle’s support offerings.

Oracle is alleging “massive theft” of its software and support materials via illegal access to its technical support websites. Rimini Street sells enterprise software support for Oracle’s SAP, Siebel, PeopleSoft, and JD Edwards software.

Oracle  goes on to claim that Rimini by downloading “hundreds of thousands” of Oracle’s support materials at a time, is causing the databases which host Oracle’s software and support materials to freeze, thereby disrupting Oracle’s operations and impeding the availability of lawful downloads to Oracle’s other customers.

Seth Ravin is the CEO of Rimini Street and was also the co-founder of TomorrowNow, a one-time SAP subsidiary, that Oracle accused of identical practices in 2007.

Rimini said that it will “vigorously” respond to Oracle’s complaint. Ravin states that Oracle’s actions are an attempt to forestall competition and limit market choices for its software licensees.

A copy of the complaint is located here: Oracle v. Rimini.