[linux-elitists] Reading about the SCO stupidity on Slashdot..

Larry M. Augustin lma@lmaugustin.com
Mon Jan 13 23:42:46 PST 2003

Um, I fail to see how buying the company is bad for them.

In fact, all that has to happen is a good sized block of shareholders just
refuse to sell, driving the price way up and creating a windfall for SCO
shareholders.  Thus validating management's strategy by making the company
more valuable.

BTW, IANAL, but I don't think there's anything illegal about raising a bunch
of money and buying a company.  Feel free.  But it's exactly the wrong thing
to do.


> On Mon, 2003-01-13 at 07:49, Michael Bacarella wrote:
> > I imagined SCO to be a really tiny company, so I looked
> > it up.  And it is! $215M market cap.  No major stakeholder.
> >
> > Imagine starting CORPORATE JUSTICE, Inc.  Its sole purpose
> > is to collect donations from people who have been wronged by
> > public corporations.  CORPORATE JUSTICE, Inc. will make it
> > loud and clear who the current target is, and how close they
> > are to being able to acquire a controlling stake in the company.
> > A realtime counter on their web site would be perfect (We are
> > approximately 3 days, 14 hours, 6 seconds from raising enough
> > money to acquire EVIL COMPANY.  Help us bring justice faster
> > by donating!)
> >
> > Stakeholders in EVIL COMPANY will panic, and dump stock, which
> > should lower its share price and make it even easier to take
> > over.  Once CORPORATE JUSTICE, Inc. is in control, they LIQUIDATE
> > the company down to the floorboards, and pay back out to the
> > contributors what the liquidation made them (minus operating
> > costs).
> >
> > A fitting demise for SCO would be if everyone who got a $96/cpu
> > letter from them instead donated to CORPORATE JUSTICE, Inc.
> > which acquired them, dissolved their patents, transferred SCO
> > accounts to SCO-to-Linux migration companies, and scattered
> > the remains of the company into the four winds.
> >
> > Sounds like fun.  Having SCO evaporate just for pulling
> > IP harassment would send a clear message to the rest of
> > Big Corporate America that they could be next.
> >
> > Now how much of this is sickeningly illegal?

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