back to article SAP to pay $8m in non-prosecution agreement with US authorities over Iran sanction violations

SAP has agreed to pay penalties of $8m for providing Iranian users with access to software upgrades, patches and cloud services in breach of US sanctions laws. The German software giant also spent $27m on cooperating with the US authorities and remediation actions. And it promised to pay back $5.14m in ill-gotten gains. SAP …

  1. Woodnag

    Iran sanctions

    Confused here... why is a German company paying penalties over a unilateral US sanction?

    1. iron Silver badge

      Re: Iran sanctions

      Because if your product contains anything from the US then it is subject to US trade laws & sanctions. This is also true of the entity list and Huawei. It could be as simple as a single screw from the US but in this case it is some lines of code. SAP don't even need to have any developers in the US, if they used a library that was written in the US then it counts.

    2. David Neil

      Re: Iran sanctions

      If you have a division of a company that operates in the US, they will apply penalties to that division if they trade with a sanctioned entity.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Iran sanctions

      Have a read about the legally-arguable concept of "extraterritoriality".

    4. HildyJ Silver badge
      Holmes

      Re: Iran sanctions

      I wonder if the company of a certain Canadian prisoner being held, allegedly, for Iran sanctions violations has been offered a similar deal?

  2. msobkow Silver badge

    It thoroughly disgusts me that the world is expected to obey American edicts and bans on trade and commerce, given their HORRIBLE record of making false and unproven charges leading to thousands or even hundreds of thousands of deaths as in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. What are we DOING letting the most invasive nation on the planet set the standards for "decent" national behaviors? What is next? We let Russia or China set the goal posts? How about North Korea? :(

  3. Woodnag

    In violation of international law...

    More here:

    https://thegrayzone.com/2021/04/27/us-extradite-foreign-businesspeople-sanctions-saab-wanzhou/

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