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 @ 9:40am

    Re: Re: Re: I want to see the infringing code

    Hmmm... well, first of all, the comments on the Slashdot link and the article that links to (why does nobody link primary sources any more?) make it clear that *one of the authors* of that driver was responsible for the supposed copyright violation. There's also a lot of discussion as to whether or not this was actually allowed, as the code was dual licensed and the exact terms of a dual BSD/GPL license seems rather confusing. Hardly a damning indictment of the process.

    Then the Red Hat licensing. I could be wrong here, but wouldn't the code now be under the GPL? If so, wouldn't the GPL terms supersede the original Berkley license and therefore allow the copyright notice to be omitted (as long as it was distributed under GPL terms)? I'm no expert on licences, so I wouldn't mind being corrected if I'm wrong, but these seem like pretty flimsy claims to me.

    Finally, I fail to see what this has to do with the issue at hand. None of the violations you mention would have anything to do with SCO apart from the Berkley code, and it's already been well established that Novell are the owners of those copyrights, not SCO. Do you have any more relevant examples?

    What I'm seeing here are examples of people being a little too eager with cut & paste, not the "millions of lines" of infringing code that Darl originally claimed, nor necessarily deliberate violations of copyright. BTW, pretty much every major software company - from Microsoft downwards - have been found in violation of copyright and/or patent infringement at some point in their history. If your intent here was to cast doubt on Linux or support the veracity of SCO's (still unsubstantiated) claims, it's a pretty poor effort.

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