"This document, originally proposed as a draft brief of amicus
curiae, has been endorsed as an OSI position paper by OSI's Board
of Directors. The Board has concluded on advice of counsel that OSI
cannot seek amicus status in advance of pleadings. The option to
seek amicus status at a future time remains open.
"This document is an evolving work in progress. SCO/Caldera's
complaint against IBM disparaged the work of thousands of
individual open-source contributors. These contributors feel
themselves personally and professionally wronged by SCO/Caldera's
unfounded allegations. In the tradition of the open-source
movement, hundreds of individuals are now sending in their patches
to help inform and evolve the OSI's position.
"Note to persons who read the original Response paper: though
the amended complaint has changed substantially (as we cover below)
remarkably little in this paper had to be tweaked in order to cope
with the changes in SCO's story. Most of the paragraphs we called
out in the original version have different numbers but the same
content. One substantive change is that because the case is now in
Federal rather than state court, we can now request a finding in
some general IP-law issues relevant to this case, including
confirming the validity of the GPL..."