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NewsForge: NuSphere: MySQL.org needed because MySQL AB won't accept code

Jul 13, 2001, 17:44 (48 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

This article did the legwork involved in getting NuSphere to explain its side of the conflict over the MySQL.org domain with MySQL AB, including some responses to allegations that NuSphere is in violation of the GPL:

"Johnston says the relationship between the two companies has changed over the past couple of months, as MySQL AB has accepted venture capital and brought in a new CEO. He says NuSphere has worked with MySQL AB in good faith, and the company is attempting to change the rules in mid-agreement.

"What we want to do, in launching MySQL.org, is create a non-commercial community around MySQL that we think is essential for its long-term growth and health," Johnston says.

But Mickos tells a different story, saying NuSphere and MySQL AB had an interim partnership since June 2000, but NuSphere served his company with a lawsuit last month after MySQL AB officials came to Massachusetts to negotiate a more formal partnership. This week, MySQL AB turned around and countersued NuSphere for trademark infringement, breach of contract, and violation of the GPL."

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