[linux-elitists] SCO website http://sco.iwethey.org
Mon Jul 21 15:49:01 PDT 2003
My rough sort-of transcript (subject to correction, soon) is now at:
My comments from top of that file:
Caldera/SCO Press Conference of Monday, 2003-07-21
o Caldera/SCO have just registered SysV copyrights with the Library of
Congress Copyright Office, a procedural requirement for pursuing
copyright infringement in court that, in itself, conveys no rights.
o Caldera/SCO point to Linux's lack of warranty protection (as if warranty
claims for software were ever feasible); says IBM avoided copyright
liability by avoiding direct distribution. (This impliedly justifies
today's legal threat against end-users.)
o Caldera/SCO offer Linux end-users the alleged carrot of offer to purchase
a UnixWare 7.1.3 licence with binary-only Linux support, using the
implied stick of copyright-infringement litigation against them, and
tort claims against other parties including contributory infringement.
o Actual existing Caldera/SCO v. IBM court case is completely unchanged,
and they have filed no new court actions.
o Caldera/SCO imply that they'll be demanding payments (structured as
UnixWare licensing) from Linux end-users, starting with commercial users.
o Alleged infringement is described as: directly copied SysV code,
directly copied code from SysV-derived OSes, and use of SysV "methods
and concepts". Note that SCO claim controlling copyright interest
over third-party-originated code written by any licensee -- if you
become their licensee, they assert that they own what you subsequently
create -- as well as over ideas in addition to creative expression
o Caldera/SCO still give no evidence of allegedly similar code originating
in SysV as opposed to a common source, but just reiterate without
evidence their assertion that some code originated in SysV.
o Caldera/SCO decline to comment on possible adjustments to their
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