Groklaw: SCO's Reply Memorandum Re Discovery--As Text
Jul 19, 2004, 17:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)
"It's the document where SCO tells the judge, in effect, that
they need to go through all of IBM's garbage going back to 1989 and
reconstruct all shredded materials and unlock private diaries and
get the key to the safe and unfettered access to headquarters'
executive lounge closets and everybody's file cabinets and rip up
the carpets and feel behind the toilet bowls because they just
might find one unstudied word or casual phrase that they can hang
IBM by. They don't know exactly what they are looking for, but
they're sure something will turn up.
"One thing is for sure. If IBM filed for summary judgment not so
much because they figured it'd work but rather to flush SCO out
from hiding behind the bushes, it worked. SCO's hand is now face up
on the table. It was never about Linux, about Linus not having a
process to block out infringing code. That was all for headlines,
for stock price, for Congress, and to please Microsoft, I expect.
But the reality is, this case is about a contract dispute. Linux
got dragged into it as hostage. SCO is holding Linux by the neck,
pointing a gun at its head, and telling IBM, 'Do what I tell you,
or I'll shoot your little friend...'"