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eWeek: SCO Just Start of Open-Source Lawsuit Wave, Attorneys Say

Mar 19, 2004, 16:45 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Hicks)

"The SCO Group Inc.'s lawsuits against Linux are a harbinger of the litigation likely to come as business interests seek to capitalize on the growth of open-source software, legal panelists said here Wednesday at the Open Source Business Conference 2004.

"'There will be a wave of a number of lawsuits on open source simply because it's become so ubiquitous,' said panelist Mark Radcliffe, a partner at law firm Gray Cary.

"While SCO has targeted contract and copyright law in most of its lawsuits, the next likely target for enterprising litigants will be patent law, said panelist Irwin Gross, a partner at law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. A range of companies have been collecting war chests of patents, many from failed tech companies of the 1990s..."

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