SCO Delays Promised Tuesday Lawsuit

Citing the need for more time, SCO did not begin promised legal action against the two companies they wish to prosecute for using intellectual property that SCO claims ownership of.

SCO, in a move entirely fitting with how they’ve handled the Linux/Unix source code issue to date, refuse to even name their targets until they are ready. However, the company has already stated that the soon-to-be recipients of the lawsuits are SCO license holders – this move to sue its own paying customers has raised eyebrows, and not for the first time.

The Santa Cruz Operation’s legal behaviour has been seen as increasingly erratic, with several volte face moves of late – and in fact the entire structure of their claim has changed. Originally a dispute over trade secrets, and claiming ownership of millions of lines of code, SCO have revised their claim to a copyright case over a small amount of code. Code over which IBM claims ownership.

SCO promises to name the recipients of its lawsuits on Wednesday – we’ll cover it here.

SCO’s live webcast — Wednesday, March 3, 2004 – 9:00 AM MT


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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?