At several companies I worked for, most of the time a lot of confusion exists about the licensing model of Oracle. The general feeling was that they paid too much for their use of Oracle products, and they were not certain of their compliancy. This post will try to give some clarity about this issue.

The information in this post is not intended to be used as legal statements or sources for negotiations with Oracle. I will be referring to some other documents which can and must be used. The information is not supposed to be exhaustive but will hopefully give the reader an idea of the licensing model of Oracle at this moment (2010). The post has been checked by Daniel Hesselink from License Consulting who suggested some very usefull additons. Thanks Daniel!

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