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MySQL - licensing issues, even with using the name

MySQL is a really good database and it's been available for a very long time under an open source license - indeed this piece of text will be stored in a MySQL database when I've added it to our web site using the Movable Type software , and pulled back from there using both Movable type software (here), and also our own software (here). However, it has always been at the more commercial end of the Open Source movement, with tighter licensing conditions that most. That was the background for MySQL drivers being withdrawn from PHP at release 5 of PHP (if you want MySQL in release 5 of PHP, you have to download MySQL yourself, first, before you build as there's not a bundle - we do this on our LAMP deployment and Web Server Deployment courses. And that tighter license helped to add to the commercial value of the MySQL company which sold out about a year ago to Sun Microsystems for a reputed 1 billion dollars.

We've just received an email from Google - and I'm pretty sure it's genuine - telling us that we can no longer use the keyword "MySQL" in our Adwords campaigns. Because "MySQL" is a trademark.


> > ----------------------------------------------
> > Campaign: 'Wiltshire,' Ad Group: 'Ad Group #1'
> > ----------------------------------------------
> >
> > AD TEXT:
> >
> > Melksham, Wiltshire, UK
> > Perl PHP Java Tcl/Tk MySQL & Java
> > Scheduled and private courses
> > www.wellho.co.uk
> >
> > Action taken: Suspended - Pending Revision
> > Issue(s): Ad Text Trademark Term
> > ~~~~~~~~~
> >
> > SUGGESTIONS:
> > -> Ad Content: Please remove the following trademark from your ad:
> > mysql.


Now that's an interesting one!

I used to express an opinion that the MySQL folks had done their database a dis-service by having a license that restricted it so that it could no longer be part of the PHP distribution - in some quarters, the lack of the MySQL driver in the PHP distribution persuaded people NOT to upgrade / use a technology where two of the key element's players couldn't agree on a combined, Open Source download. And that it did not bode very well for the future. I may be wrong in that opinion as they seem to go from strength to strength and are probably (I've not got the commercial figures of course) doing a good job in making more people purchase rather than use the open source version.

I've plenty more to do than to do anything to fight to keep the MySQL as a Google keyword, and our model is open source, so I'll be suggesting to Chris who looks after the various campaigns that we update ads like the one above to push our Lua (on the most open of open source licenses, and also much more fun to teach as it's a language not a database) and Ruby courses ...
(written 2009-03-16, updated 2009-03-17)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
S050 - MySQL - General
  [3361] Blowing our own trumpet - MySQL resources - (2011-07-18)
  [2861] MySQL and Java - connectivity past, present, and future thoughts - (2010-07-09)
  [2567] Extra MySQL course dates (2 day course, UK) - (2010-01-08)
  [2561] The future of MySQL - (2010-01-03)
  [2559] Moving the product forward - ours, and MySQL, Perl, PHP and Python too - (2010-01-01)
  [2426] Which version of MySQL am I running? - (2009-09-26)
  [2240] How do I query a database (MySQL)? - (2009-06-15)
  [2134] Oracle take over Sun who had taken over MySQL - (2009-04-21)
  [2053] What a difference a MySQL Index made - (2009-02-25)

S153 - Sourcing, Running and Configuring MySQL
  [4487] Starting MySQL. ERROR! The server quit without updating PID file - how we fixed it. - (2015-05-06)
  [4406] Fixing damaged MySQL tables - Error 1712 and Error 2013 - (2015-01-25)
  [4390] Checking MySQL database backups have worked (not failed) - (2015-01-10)
  [2458] Cant connect to local MySQL server through socket /tmp/mysql.sock - (2009-10-17)
  [2445] Securing MySQL on a production server - (2009-10-09)
  [2444] Potted MySQL installation - (2009-10-09)
  [2209] Monitoring and Tuning your MySQL installation - (2009-05-31)
  [1935] Summary of MySQL installation on a Linux system - (2008-12-11)
  [1771] More HowTo diagrams - MySQL, Tomcat and Java - (2008-08-24)
  [1731] Apache httpd, MySQL, PHP - installation procedure - (2008-08-01)
  [1689] Some sideways thoughts on the news - (2008-06-27)
  [1131] MySQL - Password security (authentication protocol) - (2007-04-02)
  [1123] mysqldump and mysqlrestore - (2007-03-30)
  [1095] Apache httpd , browser, MySQL and MySQL client downloads - (2007-02-28)
  [907] Browser -> httpd -> Tomcat -> MySQL. Restarting. - (2006-10-28)
  [591] Key facts - SQL and MySQL - (2006-02-04)
  [535] MySQL permissions and privileges - (2005-12-20)
  [515] MySQL - an FAQ - (2005-12-03)
  [489] Which MySQL server am I using? - (2005-11-07)
  [334] Symbolic links and hard links - (2005-06-02)
  [192] Current MySQL and PHP paths and upgrades - (2005-01-28)

S154 - MySQL - Designing an SQL Database System
  [4426] FileMaker Day to Unix Time conversion - (2015-02-15)
  [3494] Databases - when to treat the rules as guidelines - (2011-10-23)
  [3270] SQL - Data v Metadata, and the various stages of data selection - (2011-04-29)
  [2749] Delegate Question - defining MySQL table relationships as you create the tables - (2010-05-02)
  [2204] Images in a database? How big is a database? (MySQL) - (2009-05-28)
  [1575] Database design for a shopping application (MySQL) - (2008-03-15)
  [1423] MySQL - table design and initial testing example - (2007-11-06)
  [945] Code quality counts - (2006-11-26)
  [937] Display an image from a MySQL database in a web page via PHP - (2006-11-22)
  [918] Databases needn't be frightening, hard or expensive - (2006-11-08)
  [666] Database design - get it right from first principles - (2006-04-02)
  [494] MySQL - a score of things to remember - (2005-11-12)
  [375] Oops - I got my initial database design wrong - (2005-07-12)
  [361] Binary Large Objects or bars - (2005-06-27)
  [59] MySQL - Pivot tables - (2004-09-22)


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