Eben Moglen's LibrePlanet 2010 Keynote (Groklaw)
Posted Aug 8, 2010 11:12 UTC (Sun) by FlorianMueller
Parent article: Eben Moglen's LibrePlanet 2010 Keynote (Groklaw)
Eben Moglen's claims in that speech concerning some large corporations is questionable.
He often tries to portray Microsoft as a unique archenemy of open source. In reality, other large players such as IBM, Oracle, Google and Apple also have closed/proprietary core businesses (execution of mainframe legacy workloads; RDBMS; search etc.) and will do anything to defend those against open innovation. The "enemy's enemy" principle is therefore not unique to Microsoft's competitors. However, allegiance to IBM is a consistent element all throughout Eben Moglen's biography.
Concerning Oracle, it's worthwhile reading the European Commission's clearance decision on the Sun acquisition and search for the name "Moglen". One can see that Eben Moglen provided Oracle with a paper that became an annex to an important Oracle filing in the process.
What's more important is that the European Commission makes several references to Eben Moglen's paper in its decision to point out that he was off-base on some key issues and also off-topic (in terms of what's relevant to a competition case): footnote 431, item 721, footnote 451 (makes it particularly clear that he just made a wild, baseless assertion concerning MySQL's business model), footnote 456 (on Eben Moglen making a claim about patent law without citing a single court decision, which doesn't suggest a very clean approach for a law professor...), footnote 457 (on a purposeful misrepresentation of the GPL's content), footnote 459, footnote 468 (again a claim without citing an actual court decision, and totally speculative on a business issue).
The European Commission's intelligent rebuttals of the central claims made by Eben Moglen in that paper he wrote for Oracle call into question his credibility whenever large companies and their business models (quite apparently he's never run a business) and business interests are concerned.
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