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Re: Oracle buys Innobase

From: "Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
To: Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>
Cc: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org,Robert Bernier <robert(dot)bernier5(at)sympatico(dot)ca>
Subject: Re: Oracle buys Innobase
Date: 2005-10-18 01:43:04
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On Mon, 17 Oct 2005, Robert Treat wrote:

> On Monday 17 October 2005 18:09, Robert Bernier wrote:
>> On Monday 17 October 2005 17:47, Chris Travers wrote:
>>> Robert Bernier wrote:
>>>> Hey, don't forget MySQL AB is a European company. This won't fly like it
>>>> would in the US, the anti-trust laws are stricter.
>>> Why not?  One would be hard to argue that removing MySQL from the market
>>> place would have any adverse effect on competition.  Are competitors
>>> then never allowed to merge in the EU?  Besides who would have standing
>>> to sue? IANAL though and I am an American so I could misunderstand
>>> something pretty fundamental.
>> In canada we have a thing called the competition bureau, a company is not
>> allowed to buy another company if its to reduce competition
> By that definition no company could ever buy any other company even if they
> wanted a mutual merger, so I don't think that is the case.

And, actually, that isn't the case (or, at least, there are ways around 
it) ... two of Canada's largest Nickel mines in Sudbury just merged (to 
the chagrin of their respective unions) ... if that isn't reducing 
competition, I'm not sure what is :)

Marc G. Fournier           Hub.Org Networking Services (
Email: scrappy(at)hub(dot)org           Yahoo!: yscrappy              ICQ: 7615664

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