[linux-elitists] SCO calls in local (.au) lawyers
Wed Aug 6 19:01:51 PDT 2003
SCO calls in local lawyers
Kate Mackenzie and Chris Jenkins AUGUST 06, 2003
THE SCO Group is engaging a team of lawyers to investigate the
legality of its controversial Linux licence in Australia, which was
announced in the US early this morning.
The single CPU run-time-only "SCO Intellectual Property Licence for
Linux" will initially be sold for $US699 ($1079) in the US, with the
price being raised to $US1399 on October 15.
SCO is pitching the licence as "insurance" against future litigation,
based on its claim that the Linux kernel uses SCO's intellectual
"We're just wanting to make sure that local conditions don't change
the way we offer it, just making sure we have all our ducks lined
up before we offer it," SCO Australia and New Zealand manager Kieran
"It's just something that we need to make sure the legal framework that
the licence has been announced in the US isn't materially different
here, and if so, make adjustments," he said.
Mr O'Shaughnessy said it was nothing to do with complaints about SCO's
offering being lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer
"We've heard nothing from the ACCC," he said. Mr O'Shaughnessy said
he expected the licence to be on sale in Australia within seven days,
with local pricing confirmed then.
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