The Java licensing war between Microsoft and Sun escalated this week, with Javasoft threatening legal action over Microsoft?s refusal to ship some core technologies with Windows.
The elements in dispute are the Java Foundation Class libraries (JFCs), which Sun has included in the Java Development Kit (JDK), whose core technologies licensees are contractually obliged to include in their own implementations of Java.
But Microsoft officials are said to be refusing to contemplate implementing the JFCs. They have accused Javasoft of using its powerful licensor's position to push certain Java or Sun-related technologies down licensees' throats, by including them in the Java Development Kit (JDK).
George Paolini, Javasoft?s corporate marketing director, said: ?If it doesn?t [ship the JFC?s], it will be in violation of the contract...and then it will be required to withdraw many millions of [Java] Virtual Machines that are embedded in browsers on the market.?
He added that Javasoft would even consider legal action if Microsoft refused to comply with its licensing deal.
But Mike Pryke-Smith, Microsoft?s Internet tools marketing manager, said: ?Under the terms of the deal we signed with Sun, we have complete discretion over what class libraries we ship with our products and we?re using that discretion. It doesn?t allow Sun to force its APIs on us beyond those included in the core Java language.?
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