eWeek: IBM Letter to Internal Sales Force
Aug 07, 2003, 19:15 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Samson)
Vice President, Systems Sales
IBM Systems Group
"IBM yesterday responded to SCO's amended complaint. We see no
merit in their claims and no supporting facts. Significantly, IBM
counter sued SCO on a range of issues. Simply put, SCO's scheme is
an attempt to profit from its limited rights to a very old UNIX
operating system by introducing fear, uncertainty and doubt into
"The counterclaims are detailed in our legal filing, but here
are the key points:
- "SCO has violated the GNU General Public License, under which
it accepted Linux contributions and distributed Linux.
- "SCO has improperly claimed the right to revoke IBM's UNIX
license, despite the fact that IBM's contract expressly provides
that IBM's rights are irrevocable and that Novell, which is a party
to the agreement under which IBM obtained an irrevocable and
perpetual UNIX license, agrees that SCO cannot terminate IBM's
license and has exercised its right to waive this claim.
- "SCO has directly infringed four IBM patents relating to SCO's
commercially available UnixWare, Open Server, SCO Manager and
Reliant HA clustering software products..."