Oracle has denied it is chasing license fees for those using the payable elements of its Java software and claims that many may not be aware they were using parts of the platform that would be charged for are untrue.
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, and there have been claims it is going after several 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 licenses 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 and may even be unaware they would face a bill.
However, Oracle's Georges Saab, vice president of Software Development, Java Platform Group at Oracle, denied that the firm was engaging in such activity, claiming anyone who was using paid for features would clearly be aware of this.
"Oracle's commitment to Java and its community remains stronger than ever, as shared recently at JavaOne," he said.
"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."
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