SCO Looking To Ditch Actual Business To Try To Keep Lawsuit Going

from the going-full-on-patent-troll dept

Slashdot points us to the latest in the never-ending saga of SCO trying to claim infringement in Linux. Despite massive setbacks that should have just ended the quixotic campaign, it appears that SCO is looking to sell off its actual businesses in order to keep the lawsuit campaign going. It's amazing that after losing pretty much every aspect of this campaign from the very beginning, that folks at SCO still think it's worth pursuing.

Filed Under: copyright, linux, patents
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    PaulT (profile), 13 Jan 2009 @ 3:08am

    Re: Grabbing Goliath by the balls!

    I know this is a troll, despite your claims. But, what's ridiculous about this whole thing is that it would have been so easy for SCO to win if they had done two very simple things:

    1. State exactly which copyrights have been violated.
    2. Produce examples of code from the Linux kernel that infringes said copyrights, along with proof that IBM had originally supplied the code.

    Step 2 would be a difficult and arduous process with a closed-source system. However, everything about the Linux development process is open and publicly available, from the code introduced into each revision to a list of exactly who supplied said code. Yet, in over 5 years, SCO has neither listed the violated copyrights, nor provided the code.

    Why, exactly would they not do this? There's only one explanation - there is no evidence to begin with, and no violation. The lawsuit was a sham, an attempt to extort IBM, Red Hat, et al into settling. They lost the moment that IBM decided to fight these ridiculous claims instead of settling. Note that even SCO's claims have toned down over the years. The original claims were that "millions" of lines of infringing code have been found. The most recent arguments have been over less than 50 lines, most of which are system calls that cannot be copyrighted.

    Luckily, this whole episode has strengthened the reputation of the open source process. There had been no questionable code found in Linux, even though the model theoretically invites such violations.

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