[linux-elitists] The breadth of SCO's claims
Fri Jun 20 20:00:51 PDT 2003
On 17 Jun 2003, Jonathan Corbet <email@example.com> wrote:
> SCO, it would seem, owns everything. This is why they can put claims on
> things like read-copy-update, despite the fact that they never went near
> that code. "all subsequent computer operating systems...are claimed as
> SCO's intellectual property."
> One could make the argument that this claim includes Windows, especially
> given that Microsoft bought a license.
It is widely believed that Windows contains some BSD code for
networking and other reasons.
Since SCO says their rights extend to Unix code that was added long
after AT&T left the building, and that it is transitive (through Dynix
to Linux) then presumably it can cross over into Windows as well.
Of course Microsoft just bought a partial licence (for a bargain
price!), which might protect their customers. But given how many
times SCO has recently decided to threaten people they previously
promised were clear, who could trust them?
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