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Java Licensing Services

The world's most popular progamming language

Oracle Java is the #1 programming language and development platform worldwide.


It reduces costs, shortens development timeframes, drives innovation, and improves application services.


With millions of developers running more than 60 billion Java Virtual Machines worldwide, Java continues to be the development platform of choice for enterprises and developers.

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For many years there has been a global misconception that Java licensing was free.


This in fact has never been the case and Java, depending on use, has always required a type of licence.

Oracle made significant changes to Java licensing in 2019 and has since updated their licence rules in 2021 and January 2023. As a result, many organisations are currently uncertain about how to correctly license their Java estates going forward.

Java Licensing Changes

In 2019 Oracle announced that Java would need licensing from Oracle JDK 8 Patch 211 (Released Apr 2020) to receive Patches and Updates


As a result of these changes to licensing rules, many organisations are potentially facing a large licence gap on Java which could require signifcant costs to rectify.

At HGK, our Java licensing specialists intimately understand the frequently changing licensing rules and the associated implications for organisations using Java.


Using this knowledge our experts can, under NDA, provide a comprehensive independent review of your Java licence estate to ensure you fully understand your current licence position, any potential exposure, and all of the options available to ensure on-going compliance, cost reductions, and mitigation of risk for the future. 

Implications of Java Licensing Changes

Oracle has a contractual obligation to ensure that organisations are correctly licensed for Java. They have internal teams dedicated to handling Java licensing and are reaching out to customers proactively, particularly those who are downloading Java patches and updates through OTN or MOS.
To discuss any aspect of Java licensing and risk mitigation, please contact us to speak with an independent Java licensing expert
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