[linux-elitists] SCO Media Statement Re IBM Counterclaims
Thu Aug 7 14:00:58 PDT 2003
Thursday August 7, 4:15 pm ET
LINDON, Utah, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
"We view IBM's counterclaim filing today as an effort to distract attention from
its flawed Linux business model. It repeats the same unsubstantiated allegations
made in Red Hat's filing earlier this week. If IBM were serious about addressing
the real problems with Linux, it would offer full customer indemnification and
move away from the GPL license. As the stakes continue to rise in the Linux battles,
it becomes increasingly clear that the core issue is bigger than SCO, Red Hat, or
even IBM. The core issue is about the value of intellectual property in an Internet
age. In a strange alliance, IBM and the Free Software Foundation have lined up on
the same side of this argument in support of the GPL. IBM urges its customers to use
non- warranted, unprotected software. This software violates SCO's intellectual
property rights in UNIX, and fails to give comfort to customers going forward in use
of Linux. If IBM wants customers to accept the GPL risk, it should indemnify them
against that risk. The continuing refusal to provide customer indemnification is IBM's
truest measure of belief in its recently filed claims.
Regarding Patent Accusations
SCO has shipped these products for many years, in some cases for nearly two decades,
and this is the first time that IBM has ever raised an issue about patent infringement
in these products.
Furthermore, these claims were not raised in IBM's original answer.
SCO reiterates its position that it intends to defend its intellectual property rights.
SCO will remain on course to require customers to license infringing Linux implementations
as a condition of further use. This is the best and clearest course for customers to minimize
Matthew Galgoci "Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap"
Red Hat, Inc
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