ORACLE HAS begun an aggressive campaign of chasing licence fees for use of payable elements of its Java software.
The company, which acquired Java owner Sun Microsystems in 2010, has already lost a case over the fair use of Java APIs in Google's Android operating system, but as it awaits another appeal hearing, it's going after a myriad of other companies that are using elements of the open source software that aren't actually free.
Oracle has been hiring a legal team this year to bolster its License Management Services, which in turn has forced companies to hire compliance specialists, as it looks like Oracle has made 2017 the year of kicking ass.
Java SE is in widespread use, but it isn't free, with licences ranging up to $15,000. Companies are being warned to check for compliance issues within their work environments which could cost millions to large companies.
Under Sun Microsystems, however, it had always been free, and Oracle appears to be going after people who have been using it for so long, they've never previously had to pay. In other words, fining its most loyal customers. Probably to fund another effing yacht.
Back in 2014 when the INQUIRER interviewed Mark Flynn of the Campaign for Clearer Licensing, he cited Oracle as one of the main culprits in not making their rules clear.
He said of Oracle 12.2.1, "I don't want to believe the cynical view, so I'm sure Oracle didn't set out to be malicious, but there's two ways to look at it, and what's actually happened is its created a bad news story for Oracle when there was just no need for one, so what we're doing is as much in the interest of the vendor and the end user."
Whilst that was a different product, it serves to emphasise the ongoing concerns with Oracle's lack of clarity over its licenses. The CCL has already written an open letter to Oracle asking them to change its Scroogely ways.
In a statement sent to INQ, Oracle has denied the above report.
George Saab, vice president of software development at Oracle's Java Platform Group, said: "Oracle's commitment to Java and its community remains stronger than ever, as shared recently at JavaOne.
"Oracle is not ramping Java SE compliance activity or hiring of compliance staff. The licensing model and policies for Java SE have remained unchanged since before the acquisition of Sun Microsystems. It is incorrect to imply that it's easy for users to accidentally use Java SE Advanced features." µ
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