Re: Dataguard Licensing

From: Mark Brinsmead <>
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 22:01:16 -0600
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Absolutely right.

Anybody could have a license that differs from the OLSA. It has been my experience, or at least my *belief*, however, that *most* Oracle customers are governed by some form of the OLSA. (Very large customers, however are less likely to be.) Okay -- let me be honest, most clients I talk to seem to have no idea what their licensing terms are...

In any event, while anybody *may* negotiate ammendments to the standard Oracle contract, they must be executed *in writing* by a duly authorised officer of Oracle corp. Somehow, I doubt that most sales reps fall into that category...

My bottom line on this topic remains unchanged -- if you want to understand your licensing rights and obligations, there is one and only one valid source of information: *your license agreement*. Sadly, there are *lots* of unreliable sources, and even more sadly, I have found that Oracle sales reps are sometimes among the worst.

On Tue, Apr 29, 2008 at 7:52 AM, Goulet, Dick <> wrote:

> Mark,
> What you have is the "general" user license that they have
> published on the web in the event that you buy software through the web and
> not through Oracle sales. Yes, read the actual contract your running under
> & get the legal beagles involved because the alternative can be expensive.
> Oracle sales is allowed to change the license, within bounds specified by
> Oracle's legal folks, and the terms in the signed contract are what you and
> Oracle are bound to. If your not sure & your legal folks can't clarify the
> situation a call to Oracle's License Management Service (LMS) can be
> helpful. They can wade through the legal mumbo-jumbo & give you what your
> particular CSI is licensed for. What you really don't want is an unexpected
> visit from LMS to "evaluate your license & usage". Although the outcome can
> be friendly it also comes with a very large stick attached. BTDT, OUCH!
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-- Mark Brinsmead
Senior DBA,
The Pythian Group

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