The Impact and Solution to Oracle’s changes to Java Licensing


The Problem – Oracle changed how Java can be licensed

As of April 16, 2019, Oracle changed how Java can be licensed.  This change may cost organizations that deployed Java SE in the past for free, millions in support fees moving forward. 


It’s important to understand the new Oracle Technology Network License for Oracle Java SE is substantially different from prior Oracle Java licenses. The new license does permit certain uses such as personal used and development use at no cost – That is no longer the case for commercial use. 

If You Use Oracle’s Java Distribution for Commercial Use, You Will Have to Purchase a Java Subscription

The Business Impact 


If you use an Oracle Java distribution for commercial use, you MUST purchase an annual Java subscription. Their subscriptions are not inexpensive. Java SE is currently $300/year/Processor and Java SE Desktop is $30/year/Desktop.

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Out of date software and third-party software agreements may impact your ability to utilize alternative third-party Java versions. 

The Solution – LicenseFortress Java Compliance Review

LicenseFortress, the industry’s only Oracle real-time License compliance monitoring and alerting system with a financial guarantee, has extended its powerful discovery capabilities to handle Java. This enables LicenseFortress to offer Oracle Java Health Checks at a fixed cost. 

Though the LicenseFortress Oracle Java Health Check we collect and interpret every application that is running Java. With this mapping of your Java footprint, we work with you, so that you understand your existing Oracle Java licensing exposure. 

Then we help you choose a future Java strategy. Does it make sense for your organization to use a free OpenJDK distribution? Commercial JDK support? Or do you have embedded licenses from another product or vendor? 

Contact us today to learn more about our Java Health Check.


Related Links:

Oracle Java SE Subscription Global Price List |

Oracle Java SE Support Roadmap |

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