[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
Topic Patents and Trademarks
- by Tina Gasperson -
A story at 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 UnitedLinux
The story also said SCO had engaged high-profile attorney 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
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
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" -
© Copyright 2003 - Me, All Rights Reserved
printed from Linux.Com, SCO says it has made no decision on Unix
"IP" on 2003-01-23 11:21:48
3. mailto:tina at newsforge.com
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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