The closing of this question as off-topic doesn't make sense to me:
The reason is:
Questions on Server Fault are expected to generally relate to servers, networking, or desktop infrastructure, within the scope defined in the faq. See the FAQ.
I've already seen the FAQ. Is there some way that Java or licensing is not relevant to servers? I'm admin to a couple dozen servers that run Java application servers, and have already seen Red Hat try to remove Sun Java 1.5 because of support issues. Now Ubuntu will remove Sun Java 6 from servers because of licensing issues.
So, this question is still relevant to servers - even if the answer makes my question moot.