Licensing Oracle Java explained – whitepaper

Java is one of the most popular programming languages, specifically designed to have as little implementation dependencies as possible. Java is intended to let application developers “write once, run anywhere”. This means that compiled Java code can run on all platforms that support Java without the need for recompilation.

Originally developed by Sun Microsystems Java was released under proprietary software licenses.  In January 2010, Oracle Corporation acquired Sun Microsystems and continued to make Java software programs available under the Oracle Binary Code License Agreement.

In May 2011, Oracle introduced two new commercial Java software licenses: Java SE Advanced and Java SE Suite.  In February 2014, Oracle introduced a third commercially available Java software license: Java SE Advanced Desktop.

With this in mind, do you know that there are differences between the Java products and components that are part of the different Java software licenses? And are you able to differentiate between the products and components which are free of charge and for which ones you are required to pay additional fees?  And do you know which of your Oracle software licenses include the right to make use of which specific Java software programs and what usage conditions are related to these programs?

Many organizations use Java for different kinds of applications and development scenarios. They often are under the impression that Java software can be deployed “for free” at all times.

In the following weeks, we will provide you with an insight on what you should be taking into account when managing the deployment and usage of your Java software programs. In next series of articles we will look at free of charge vs. commercial use, when commercial features are to be licensed, what is part of the different available commercial Java licenses and what other Oracle licenses do include the right to make use of Java?

More information can also be found in our whitepaper “Licensing Oracle Java explained”. Our new white paper format is mobile friendly, so you can easily read it on your tablet or mobile phone.

This article was published on 20-10-2016