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Enterprise Open Source Magazine: Java: Money, Freedom and Open Source

Oct 01, 2006, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Winchester)

"In 1996, Sun created Java and the terms under which it is distributed. Since then, the Java Community Process (JCP) has emerged, allowing companies to participate in shaping language changes, but the ownership of trademarks, licensing agreements, branding, and other fundamental product issues remains unchanged. One is reminded of this fact every time the Sun Microsystems trademark appears alongside the Java coffee cup logo, or when one is greeted with the message 'brought to you by Sun Microsystems' at www.java.com. For anyone to use the Java-compatible logo on a product requires verification against the test compatibility kit (TCK), for which one has to enter into negotiations with Sun. Java, the technology, the trademark, and the language, are owned by Sun..."

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