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internetnews.com: SCO Escalates Linux Battle

Jul 21, 2003, 15:36 (96 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thor Olavsrud)

"Laying the ground work to take its battle with Linux directly to Linux customers, SCO Group said it has received U.S. copyright registrations for its Unix System V source code; just the firepower it needs to pursue copyright violation suits.

"Until now, SCO's conflict with Linux, which it claims is an unauthorized derivation of its Unix code, has centered on a breach of contract suit aimed at IBM. But with the copyrights in hand, SCO said using Linux is essentially software piracy, and it is ready to open a new revenue stream by giving Linux users immunity to copyright violations through licensing.

"The company said it plans to offer UnixWare licenses tailored to support run-time, binary use of Linux for all commercial users of Linux based on the 2.4.x and later versions of the Linux kernel. SCO said any commercial Linux customers that purchase the license will be held harmless against past copyright violations and for any future use of Linux in a run-only, binary format..."

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