[linux-elitists] The breadth of SCO's claims

mbp@samba.org mbp@samba.org
Fri Jun 20 20:00:51 PDT 2003


On 17 Jun 2003, Jonathan Corbet <corbet-elite@lwn.net> 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?

--
Martin



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