Apache Accuse Oracle of “violating their contractual obligation.”

ASF Threaten To Leave JCP

Jessica Thornsby

ASF accuse Oracle of breaking the JCP’s rules, and threaten to leave.

The Apache Foundation have released a statement regarding their recent
re-election to the JCP but, more interestingly, they outline their
plan for the JSR votes in no uncertain terms, throwing down the
gauntlet to the entire JCP.

The statement opens with a thank you to the community and a
reassurance that “this election allows the ASF to continue its 10
year effort to help bring transparency and openness to the JCP as
well as ensure that Java specifications are able to be
independently implemented and distributed under open source

However, then it all gets a bit nastier, as the ASF state in no
unclear terms that they are entitled to a TCK license for Java SE,
and Oracle are “violating their contractual obligation as set forth
under the rules of the JCP by only offering a TCK license that
imposes additional terms and conditions that are not compatible
with open source or Free software licenses.” The Apache Software
Foundation believe that, since Oracle are refusing to follow the
JCP’s rules, they should not be allowed to participate as a member
“in good standing.” Rather ominously the ASF say that, in light of
this, they have “exercised our votes on JSRs — our only real power
on the JCP – accordingly” and voted against Sun starting and
continuing JSRs. They will vote against the JSR for Java SE 7, and
call for the other JCP members to do the same: “we encourage the
other members of the JCP EC to continue with their support of our
position regarding Oracle, and vote accordingly on the upcoming
Java SE 7 vote.”

And, if the ASF doesn’t get its wish? The ASF will leave the
JCP, out of the belief that if the JCP does not uphold its rights,
then the JSPA agreements and the JCP specifications are
This turn of events has already been discussed in the community.
Apache contributor Jon Stevens posted an article calling for the ASF to leave
the JCP. “The ASF tried for many years to take a hard stance about
what they believed in and failed. It is time to realize that and
give up. It is hypocritical for the ASF to support a language and
set of corporations which doesn’t want or need its involvement
anymore,” he said.

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