Re: Oracle Stokes 'Hostile' Customer Relations, Study Says
As Lorna points out, this is certainly not the first time we've heard complaints from around the industry about Oracle's licensing and the 'honor system' approach in general. I myself have mixed feelings about it. There's certainly an argument to be made that a hands-off approach simply saves the software vendor lots of time, money, and headaches, without much need for an alterior explanation. On the other hand, I find it hard to believe that a company as big as Oracle has a need to shave those meager costs, and is not doing it for any other reason.
I remember reading a few years back that a high court (I think in the US) finally struck down the notion that all EULAs were binding forever, regardless of what was in them. That is, you can't just stick something ridiculous in there, selectively enforce it whenever it's convenient for you, and get away with it scott free. I doubt Oracle is running the risk of being on the wrong side of the law here, but nevertheless, it seems like they're relying on their size and clout to save them where their policies and customer satisfaction might otherwise cost them. Perhaps not the smartest idea in the age of the agile startup.