How the Java Licensing Changes Affect Your Business

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On April 16, 2019, Oracle updated the licensing terms for Java.

Java is a programming language and computing platform used to run a multitude of websites and programs today. The update requires anyone using the application for business purposes to purchase a license. Below is a quote directly from Oracle’s statement about the changes:

“The new Oracle Technology Network License Agreement for Oracle Java SE is substantially different from prior Oracle Java licenses. The new license permits certain uses, such as personal use and development use, at no cost — but other uses authorized under prior Oracle Java licenses may no longer be available.”

If you currently have Java installed on corporate PCs, laptops, or servers, you can still continue to use it, however, Oracle will not allow further updates to the application.

Any newly discovered Java security vulnerability or weakness will not be fixed by Oracle.

Continuing to use unsupported software can be a major security risk for an individual or an organization. If you have Java for personal use, you should not be affected. If you are using Java for commercial purposes and do not have a license, you will need to purchase it.

For more information, please refer to the official statement from Oracle. It provides details on the changes and how to get support for commercial licenses.

Please feel free to contact us to find out if you are affected by these changes to Java.

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