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ZDNet: SCO's Big Legal Gun Takes Aim

Aug 23, 2003, 01:00 (54 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa M. Bowman)

"Q: Why is this case important?

"A: It's a case that has the possibility of defining what direction the software industry is going. Are we going to have an open-source free-for-all? Are we going to have proprietary only? Or are we going to have some sort of combination?

"This case has been characterized as an attack on the GPL.

"We never raised the GPL in this litigation. We are somewhat surprised that IBM, which has this tremendous copyright and patent portfolio, is advocating the use of the GPL since it could have an impact on them. If, for example, their copyrighted materials are finding their way into the GPL, does that suddenly strip them of their rights? We don't think the GPL applies. We believe it is pre-empted by the federal copyright law..."

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