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will sun/oracle come after me?

Discussion in 'General Programming Chat' started by timothywcrane, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. timothywcrane

    timothywcrane Power Member

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    I am looking at working on an opensource implimentation of a java product (binary) for VAR and resell. With the current troubles G is having with Android litigation I am getting uneasy about this. I have two choices: release as MIT (or similar) as the product was released to me without my VAR in this state, including Sun code without a resell dev license from Oracle, or get a dev license from Oracle, thus passing off the same dev licensing req to the user, which is in violation of MIT (and all other oss licensing as far as I know.) If I am missing a loophole, plz let me know, but I do not have the deep pockets to "create a binary exclusion theory" and test via "debug legislation" like Sun/Oracle/Google". Even my extensive use of Jython classes to replace core code might now be considered "reverse engineering" if Google fails against the SDK lic.

    What gives? Please call me a paranoid newb, please and give me a clue. I know this is BHW, but this is not something I can just throw up a VPS to hide behind.
     
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    Subsonic Regular Member

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    I'd say that you have to be a pretty big player for Oracle to come after you.. I'm not really too good with all those open source licenses but I know that they are misused in REALLY big applications without any consequences.

    I would go for that dev license from Oracle because violating MIT license is not too big deal, I think.

    I hope that this helps you even a little, I really don't have good answers but at least I have an opinion to give you ;)
     
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    premvb6 Regular Member

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    Sorry for off-topic :
    @subsonic: your signature is very cool .;)
     
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    Subsonic Regular Member

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    Lol thanks man :D