Mr Carlo Piana, Europe's Free Software legal hero, joins as Oracle co-counsel
On Thursday it became public that Carlo Piana has joined the Oracle team as co-counsel in the EU investigation on Oracle acquiring Sun. The short introduction of Mr Piana is that he has been (still is?) legal counsel for the Free Software Foundation Europe, in particular representing the Samba project in the Microsoft anti-trust case (which we/he won!).
Carlo has blogged at length about his involvement and motives. Readers of my blog will know that I have been involved on behalf of Monty Program, and I think technically we are classified as a competitor to both Oracle and MySQL when we answer the EU questionnaires. Unlike Carlo, we have been keeping a low-key public profile, and until the case is over we will continue to do so. Except:
Carlo, I would like to warmly welcome you to the case, an experienced Free Software lawyer is a good addition to Oracle's team. You say that your motive is to help get clearance of the Sun acquisition as fast as possible. I know that during the past week you've been reading through my correspondance with
the Commission, so you should by now be aware that this is also something we are trying to achieve. If there is anything we can do to help you, you know how to contact us.