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rsheldon
12-05-2005, 09:01 AM
Hi there,


I saw that you deliver a large number of jdbc drivers in the distribution - which is really nice. However, I was under the impression that Oracle doesn't let people redistribute their JDBC driver - legal reasons.



Am I wrong? Does anyone know of an oracle document/web page that says it's OK? I'd love to redistribute the Oracle JDBC driver with my app ( it would remove 1 installation step!).



Many thanks,
Rich

MattCasters
12-05-2005, 11:04 AM
I was under the impression I could.
Perhaps this has changed, but a couple of years ago I read most of the frigging ULA and I came under the impression I could.
This is in contrast to for example the driver from Microsoft. For that the superb jDTS driver was developped under LGPL license.
(That reminds me, I need to upgrade that one ;-)

Matt

MattCasters
12-05-2005, 11:08 AM
I hate to reply to myself, but this is what I found in the JDBC faq on Oracle.com: (http://www.oracle.com/technology/tech/java/sqlj_jdbc/htdocs/jdbc_faq.htm#02_12)

third party vendors distribute Oracle's JDBC drivers along with their own software?

A third party software company (and Oracle partner) wanted to know if they could distribute the Oracle JDBC drivers with their application to their own customers. This is a legal question, rather then a technical one. I'm no legal expert, but the PMs here tell me that the short answer is yes so long as you follow the licensing terms spelled out at http://www.oracle.com/java/jdbc/license.html
For something legally binding, get a lawyer or contact your local Oracle sales rep for more details.