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Who Gets Audited for Oracle Java

Who Gets Audited for Oracle Java

  • Legacy Metrics Users: Organizations using legacy Java metrics resist the employee-based metric upgrade.
  • Unlicensed Downloads: Companies download licensable Java software without purchasing licenses.
  • Non-Cooperative Entities: Businesses refusing to engage in Oracle’s soft audit discussions about acquiring licenses.

Oracle Java audits target specific organizational profiles based on various criteria. Understanding these profiles can help organizations prepare and ensure compliance.

Organizations with Legacy Metrics

Organizations with Legacy Metrics
  • Reluctance to Upgrade: Companies that continue using legacy metrics for Java licensing and resist transitioning to the newer employee-based metric are prime targets. Oracle prefers the employee metric for its simplicity and ease of auditing.

Organizations Downloading Licensable Java without Purchasing Licenses

Organizations Downloading Licensable Java without Purchasing Licenses
  • Unlicensed Downloads: Businesses that have downloaded Java software requiring a license but have not purchased the necessary licenses will likely be audited. Oracle tracks these downloads and targets companies that appear to be using Java unlawfully.

Organizations Refusing to Cooperate

  • Resistance to Soft Audits: Companies that refuse to discuss acquiring licenses during a soft audit often face formal audits. Oracle uses these discussions to encourage voluntary compliance, and resistance can trigger a more rigorous formal audit process.

Preparing for an Oracle Java Audit

Preparing for an Oracle Java Audit

To minimize the risk and impact of an audit, organizations should:

  • Transition to Employee Metrics: Consider upgrading to the employee-based licensing model if legacy metrics are still being used.
  • Ensure Licensing for Downloads: Regularly review and purchase licenses for downloaded Java software.
  • Engage in Discussions: Choose how much you want to cooperate with Oracle during soft audits to potentially avoid formal audits.


Being aware of the common profiles targeted by Oracle Java audits helps organizations take proactive steps to maintain compliance and mitigate audit risks.

Regular internal reviews, transitioning to preferred licensing metrics, and cooperating with Oracle can significantly reduce the likelihood of facing a formal audit.


  • Fredrik Filipsson

    Fredrik Filipsson brings two decades of Oracle license management experience, including a nine-year tenure at Oracle and 11 years in Oracle license consulting. His expertise extends across leading IT corporations like IBM, enriching his profile with a broad spectrum of software and cloud projects. Filipsson's proficiency encompasses IBM, SAP, Microsoft, and Salesforce platforms, alongside significant involvement in Microsoft Copilot and AI initiatives, enhancing organizational efficiency.

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