[linux-elitists] quotes from the leaders

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Fri May 16 07:18:50 PDT 2003

on Fri, May 16, 2003 at 09:23:08AM -0400, Mark Stillwell (marklee@ufl.edu) wrote:
> > I'm not sure that open source software is qualitatively more risky to
> > users than proprietary software.  At least with open source, users
> > have (in principle) the ability to examine or remove the alledgedly
> > infringing code.
> That's what I was wondering about.
> Suppose for a moment that the kernel does contain code which infringes
> on SCO's copyrights.  It would seem to me that everyone except for the
> (hypothetical) developers who contributed the infringing code and
> possibly their employer acted in good faith.  The linux community would be as
> much a victim as SCO.  I would think that under these circumstances any
> reasonable judge would just give the community some sort of time limit to
> remove the infringing code.  I wouldn't think that redhat or any of the linux
> companies would be liable for anything unless SCO could prove that they
> knew the code was infringing.
> Does anyone understand why SCO is being so secretive about which parts
> of the kernel supposedly contain their IP?  

Five words:  stock price leverage and FUD.


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