Open Source Backers Urge EU To Block Oracle-Sun Deal

Law360, New York (October 20, 2009, 4:21 PM EDT) -- A group of freeware technology activists has asked European Union competition regulators to block Oracle Corp.'s $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems Inc., citing fears that Oracle will block the development of open source database software MySQL, which is owned by Sun.

In a letter sent to EU Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes on Monday, software developer Richard Stallman and British digital rights activist organizations the Open Rights Group and Knowledge Ecology International said that Oracle's acquisition of Sun, and therefore MySQL, would stifle the development of...
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