Marten Mickos, former CEO of MySQL, maintains that even with the dual-licensing structure Oracle would use, "users of MySQL exert a more powerful influence in the market than the owner does."
In a letter sent earlier this month to Neelie Kroes, the EC's commissioner for competition, Mickos argues that "the reality remains that if the main steward of an open-source product fails to live up to reasonable expectations, the forces of open source will take over. "
Mickos, who says he has no financial stake in the merger, also argues that Oracle is being portrayed unfairly as a bogeyman.
Oracle "has as many compelling business reasons to continue the ramp-up of the MySQL business as Sun Microsystems and MySQL previously did, or even more," he wrote.
Meanwhile, Groklaw's Jones says that letting the EU force Oracle to change MySQL's license from the GPL to the more permissive Apache license would set a dangerous precedent.
"On what legal basis would anyone have authority to change the license, other than the copyright holder?" she wrote. "Are you seriously suggesting that a regulatory body decide the license instead of the copyright owner? What a reckless idea."