* Demands Oracle continues to develop MySQL
* Order has a term of four years
(Adds details of regulatory decision, background)
MOSCOW, March 19 Russia's anti-monopoly
regulator (FAS) said on Friday it had approved a $7 billion
takeover of Sun Microsystems JAVA.O by Oracle ORCL.O on
condition that Oracle continues to develop Sun's MySQL database.
FAS said it would have grounds to go to court and demand
invalidation of the deal, already approved unconditionally by
the European Union, if Oracle does not comply with its
"FAS has reviewed the application and ... has decided to
approve the application," FAS said in a statement, adding the
approval would only be valid if Oracle meets requirements
regarding the MySQL business.
The regulator said Oracle must continue to create new
versions of MySQL within the generally accessible licence and
should not oblige clients to buy its services if they want to
get a commercial licence for MySQL.
It added the condition would only apply for four years after
the deal is formerly completed.
In January, Oracle won European Union approval for the
takeover after promising to keep the market open for others to
make storage engine software for Sun's MySQL database and to
boost investment in the unit. [ID:nLDE60K10P]
It also pledged to set up a separate customer advisory board
of MySQL users. Those concessions satisfied Europe's competition
watchdog that the deal will not distort the market.
But Michael Widenius, the creator of the MySQL database, who
is strongly opposed to the merger plan, said the European Union
executive's decision was wrong and turned his vocal campaign
against the deal to Russia and China. [ID:nLDE60G0HL]
(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova and Tarmo Virki; Editing by David