Tuesday, November 10, 2009

FT.com / Technology - Oracle rejects EU antitrust claims

Do you suppose the Oracle spokesperson quoted below actually believes the assertion about vendors being unable to control open source software products? 

A formal objection is the first step towards possible action to block a deal, though few disputes get this far and most are resolved by the companies either modifying their plans or scrapping their proposals.

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In a statement on Monday, however, Oracle claimed the case was founded on a misunderstanding. “It is well understood by those knowledgeable about open source software that because MySQL is open source, it cannot be controlled by anyone,” it said. “That is the whole point of open source.”

The case has led to a rare difference of opinion between anti-trust regulators on either side of the Atlantic, with the US Department of Justice clearing the transaction in August.

In an unusual move, the Department of Justice issued its own statement on Monday reiterating its view that the proposed deal does not give rise to anti-trust concerns.

FT.com / Technology - Oracle rejects EU antitrust claims

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