[heise][de] SCO versucht Kontrolle über GNU/Linux zu erlangen

Georg C. F. Greve greve at gnu.org
Do Jan 23 11:22:33 UTC 2003

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[ http://newsforge.com/print.pl?sid=03/01/13/1738217 ]

   Title     SCO says it has made no decision on Unix "IP"
   Date      2003.01.13 12:35
   Author    tina
   Topic     [2]Patents and Trademarks


   - by [3]Tina Gasperson -
   A story at [4]Linux Business Week, originally published by Client
   Server News, raised a ruckus in the Linux community. SCO, it said, had
   drafted a press release that detailed plans to cash in on its Unix
   patents, either by charging an extra license fee to users of its Linux
   distribution, or by "pressing infringement claims" against other Linux
   distributions, possibly even fellow members of the [5]UnitedLinux

   The story also said SCO had engaged high-profile attorney [6]David
   Boies to handle its Linux intellectual property claims.

   SCO has released a statement disputing the claims in the story, but
   confirming that it does have significant asset claims in Unix IP and
   it is discussing "possible strategies."

   Not many people put stock in the claims of this story; Free Software
   Foundation (FSF) executive vp Bradley Kuhn says that until his
   GPL-defending organization sees the claim, "it's not that important to

   A Red Hat spokesperson had no comment, saying the company believes the
   SCO story is a rumor.

   David Boies secretary was adamant in her assertion that neither Boies
   nor any other attorney at Boies, Schiller, and Flexner was currently
   performing duties as "IP advisor" for SCO, as the Client Server News
   article states.

   The tone of the statement is one of righteous indignation, however,
   the final paragraph seems to hint that there may indeed have been an
   internal document of some kind floating around. See what you think.

   Following is the entire SCO statement released the morning of January
   13, 2003:

     SCO statement on Client Server News story

     On January 10, 2003 Client Server News published a story concerning
     SCO and its UNIX intellectual property. This article states as fact
     speculations about what SCO may do or not do with regard to its
     ownership of core UNIX IP.

     Darl McBride, president and CEO of SCO, has discussed SCOs UNIX IP
     ownership in many public venues and on the most recent quarterly
     investors conference call. SCO has significant UNIX intellectual
     property dating back to the companys purchase of AT&Ts Bell Labs
     UNIX technology. Our UNIX IP is a significant asset and for several
     months we have been holding internal discussions, exploring a wide
     range of possible strategies concerning this asset. Weve reached no
     final decisions on any course of action.

     SCO is a Linux vendor and a leading member of United Linux.
     Contrary to the claims in the Client Server News article, SCO has
     no desire to take legal action against fellow Linux vendors. As a
     normal part of business, SCO has had discussions with several legal
     experts in the field of intellectual property law, and these
     discussions included David Boies. Contrary to the claims in the
     Client Server News story, SCO has not engaged Mr. Boies to take
     legal action against our fellow Linux vendors.

     Its unfortunate when a publication runs a headline, stating as fact
     in the present tense that our company is engaging in certain
     activities when, in fact, weve made no decisions, formed no
     programs and announced nothing about this.


    1. "Tina Gasperson" - mailto:tina at newsforge.com
    2. "Linux Business Week" -
    3. "UnitedLinux" - http://unitedlinux.com/
    4. "David Boies" -

   [7]Click here! 

                 © Copyright 2003 - Me, All Rights Reserved

   printed from [8]Linux.Com, [9]SCO says it has made no decision on Unix
   "IP" on 2003-01-23 11:21:48


   1. http://images.newsforge.com/cgi-bin/adlog.pl?print,peng0056en
   2. http://newsforge.com/search.pl?topic=17
   3. mailto:tina at newsforge.com
   4. http://www.sys-con.com/linux/articlenews.cfm?id=381
   5. http://unitedlinux.com/
   6. http://abcnews.go.com/sections/tech/DailyNews/boies990226.html
   7. http://images.newsforge.com/cgi-bin/adlog.pl?print,init0004en
   8. http://newsforge.com/
   9. http://newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=03/01/13/1738217

Georg C. F. Greve                                       <greve at gnu.org>
Free Software Foundation Europe	                 (http://fsfeurope.org)
Brave GNU World	                           (http://brave-gnu-world.org)
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