How an Oracle win over Google could set the software industry back to the licensing age

MATT ASAY | May 24, 2016

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"What's at stake in Google and Oracle's copyright dispute over Java isn't really about the future of open source, as Quentin Hardy seems to argue, but rather about the future of software licensing, period. A pro-Oracle verdict essentially dumps us back into the software Stone Age, an era of arcane software licensing designed to mimic the pre-digital world of physical goods. The problem for Oracle, however, is that a return to this golden age of fat, margin-laden maintenance contracts is impossible. The cloud, coupled with open source, has killed it, and the future looks like APIs, not software licenses. In such a world, even an ignorant jury won't be able to turn back the time. We already live in the cloud economy."

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