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.