Oracle Joins BSA
Apart from an early membership, Oracle did not have an active BSA membership in the last 20 years. It seems that this has now changed as per the following article.
This change is interesting and remarkable. Oracle as a company has changed over the last 15 years and has a lot more Intellectual Property to protect. But also a lot more different property. With the acquisitions Oracle now has to protect hardware and client software as well.
Interesting enough the membership is not announced by Oracle’s LMS (License Management Services, the Oracle software compliance team), but by the Vice President of Government Affairs at Oracle. It remains to be seen what the impact will be for Oracle customers. Oracle’s software licensing rules are complex and often require a high level of technical knowledge that goes beyond counting the number of physical installations. It has to be seen how effective BSA enforcements will capture Oracle usage for example. It is not strange to think that Oracle participates in the BSA to ensure it is a stronger involvement in the government lobby and will not jointly approach end users of their software.
Time will tell.