[linux-elitists] Shouldn't IBM just buy these bums?

Matt Beland matt@rearviewmirror.org
Fri Jul 25 13:48:46 PDT 2003


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On Friday 25 July 2003 01:15 pm, Justin F. Knotzke wrote:
>   So I am reading http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/31938.html I am
> starting to wonder if it's not just better that IBM buys SCO out and
> lets us all get on with it.
>
>   What happens if IBM wins but SCO starts to sue individual companies?
> They may in fact lose each and every case but wouldn't the damage have
> been done already?

The reason IBM shouldn't do that is the exact same reason why no government 
should ever negotiate with terrorists, and why kidnap victims should never 
pay off ransom demands. That last being particularly appropriate.

Suppose IBM did buy them. It'd probably cost a few hundred million, right? 
Hell, that might even be less than the cost of a successful legal defense. 
But what happens the next time an incompetent company with a little 
"Intellectual Propoerty" and an unethical management team decides they're 
screwed? Is IBM just supposed to pay them off, too?

- -- 
Matt Beland
matt@rearviewmirror.org
http://www.rearviewmirror.org
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