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[News] MySQL Database Sparks Copyright Debate, Monty Goes on "Save MySQL" World Tour

  • Subject: [News] MySQL Database Sparks Copyright Debate, Monty Goes on "Save MySQL" World Tour
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 12:34:56 +0000
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More on Copyright Assignment

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| But now that MySQL looks destined to be 
| owned by Oracle, people are worried that 
| Oracle wonât put much energy into the 
| project. MySQL was designed to be a 
| replacement for Oracleâs bread and butter 
| products, so it is obvious that as the new 
| owner, Oracle wonât be working too hard to 
| put itself out of business, thus the only 
| real question is how much less effort will 
| be put into MySQL. Since MySQL was 
| published under the GPL, it would be very 
| hard for another company to commercialize 
| it, which will limit the chances that a 
| well funded fork could be created. MySQLâs 
| future growth looks pretty small, or at 
| least much smaller than it could have been 
| under a different owner.


MySQL founder turns to China, Russia to halt Oracle

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| Michael Widenius, the creator of the MySQL 
| database, said he is turning his vocal 
| campaign against Oracle's planned takeover 
| of Sun Microsystems to China and Russia 
| because the European Commission appears set 
| to clear the deal.



Why I will not sign the MySQL petition

,----[ Quote ]
| If you sell something, you donât own it any
| longer. MySQL is now SUNs business. And if
| SUN decides to sell themselves to Oracle â
| it is their business. If the MySQL founders
| and fanboys donât like this, they simply
| shouldnât have sold MySQL to SUN in the
| first instance.


Monty Widenius wants another billion dollars, should we help him?

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| What does âHelp MySQLâ advocate, in a
| nutshell? It claims that if Oracle were to
| merge with Sun, MySQL customers would be
| trapped in a market that would be pretty
| much controlled and captured by Oracle,
| both through its existing propietary
| databases offerings and the acquisition of
| MySQL. Another issue explained on the web
| site is that the inherent free and open
| source nature of MySQL will not be enough
| to grant effective freedoms to the market
| since Oracle would be the sole copyright
| owner of the code and trademarks.


MySQL: decision time is nigh

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| Is Oracle keen on MySQL because of the
| market control? Or is it because Oracle
| sees MySQL as a means to possibly defeat
| Microsoft's ambitions in the database
| market, where its SQL Server product is
| used for similar purposes as MySQL?
| The only person I've noticed who mentioned
| this is Eben Moglen , a well-known legal
| figure in free software circles.
| But anyone who knows anything about the
| history of the computer industry is aware
| of the intense animosity between Oracle
| supremo Larry Ellison and Microsoft co-
| founder Bill Gates.
| At the level at which these men operate,
| money isn't a consideration. Power is,
| rubbing one's competitor's face in the mud
| is, especially when there is past
| animosity. Here is just one example of how
| much Ellison dislikes Microsoft.


Why MySQL's creator thinks IBM could acquire the database

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| A quick review of Save MySQL online petition
| stats shows that the results are still in
| line with the results I reported previously.
| Over 90 percent of petition signees would
| require Oracle to divest MySQL to a "suitable
| third party."

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