During the interview with Charlie Rose, which was broadcast Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," Ellison also discussed his friendship with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and the company's prospects without him.
"He's irreplaceable," Ellison said in a transcript provided by CBS. "I don't see how they -- how they can -- how they can -- they will not be nearly so successful because he's gone."
On the subject of Google, Ellison was asked about the company's lawsuit against the search giant. Oracle is suing Google over its use of the programming language Java in its Android operating system.
"We don't compete with Google," Ellison said. "We don't do anything Google does. We -- we just think they took our stuff and -- and that was -- and that was wrong."
Ellison singled out Google Chief Executive Larry Page.
[Updated, 9:55 a.m. Aug. 13: "So if what they did is evil, that makes Larry Paige evil?" Rose asked.
"This really bothers me," Ellison added. "I don't -- I don't see how he thinks you can just copy someone else's stuff. It really -- it really bothers me."
On the topic of the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, Ellison managed to find a position that seems in contrast to most public statements made by other tech leaders who have offered criticism.
"We've been collecting this information for so long -- long before NSA was collecting it," Ellison said. "Let me tell you who was collecting it: American Express, Visa, all of your -- all of your credit card data, all of your financial records. This whole issue of privacy is utterly fascinating to me. Who's ever heard of this information being misused by the government. In what way?"
Ellison said it's something people have to live with if they want to be safe.
"It's essential," Ellison said. "It's essential if you want to minimize the kind of strikes that we just had in Boston. It's absolutely essential."
Finally, Ellison discussed Jobs' final days. The pair would go for walks on a regular basis that grew shorter over time.
"This was absolutely the strongest, most willful person I have ever met," Ellison said. "And after seven years, the cancer even wore him out. And that was what it was. He was just tired of fighting. Tired of the pain. And he decided, shocked Lorraine, shocked everybody that the medication was gonna stop. He just pulled off the meds -- I think on a Saturday or a Sunday. And by the following Wednesday he -- he was gone."