Tuesday, November 10, 2009

EU calls Oracle's criticism of antitrust probe 'facile,' 'superficial' - San Jose Mercury News

Maybe this will all become a TV mini-series someday…

The European Commission, the executive branch of the EU, replied Tuesday that such criticism was "facile and superficial."

EU spokesman Jonathan Todd said regulators were obliged to investigate "a whole series of complaints from customers of these companies expressing their concerns" that Oracle's purchase of open-source database software MySQL could eliminate a crucial rival.

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Just because MySQL is open source, does not mean that if you want to apply it in the commercial context, that you can do what you like with it," Todd said.

Todd said EU regulators did not want to return shots with the U.S. over a Department of Justice statement Monday that described the takeover as "unlikely to be anticompetitive" and said it was hopeful that the EU commission would reach "a speedy resolution."

He said such a statement was "unusual" and hinted that it was inappropriate for the U.S. to comment on EU antitrust issues.

EU calls Oracle's criticism of antitrust probe 'facile,' 'superficial' - San Jose Mercury News

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