I just attended a session on Oracle licensing here at the European Oracle User Council meeting in Lisbon. As usual, Oracle customers lambasted Oracle for their licensing policies and demanded more education and more hand-holding from Oracle.
Oracle is enterprise software implemented by professionals. If you can't be bothered to read the Software Investment Guide, don't blame Oracle that you are not properly licensed. If you can't understand the terms, get an Oracle partner to help you.
If you can't be bothered to learn the traffic rules before you start driving around, you deserve it when you get pulled over by a cop and fined. Same with Oracle licenses.
Anyone who has read the Software Investment Guide should be aware of the small print contained within:
This document is for educational purposes only and provides guidelines regarding Oracle's policies in effect as of March 25, 2014. It may not be incorporated into any contract and does not constitute a contract or a commitment to any specific terms. Policies and this document are subject to change without notice.
When you get audited, what is in the above guide, and the installation guides is completely irrelevant. Oracle Licencing use a different document which totally contradicts the installation guides, for example, and is not an easy document to find on Oracle's Web site.
I know this for a fact, because a company I worked for was audited, and while we were in complete complience with all know docs on the matter, the one produced by the licencing people, the contradictory one, was the one that they used.
So, even when you do learn the rules of "driving", you can still be caught out by the rules they keep hidden!
In addition, you need to also be aware of the option and extra cost products that are either enabled at install time, or are silently enabled at patching time. These will cost you after your licencing audit.
Licencing by stealth is supposedly illegal in the EU, but oracle do try!
Take care out there, they are out to get you! ;-)
Norm. [ TeamT ]