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ZDNet: Sun May Offer Java Customers SCO Relief

Sep 11, 2003, 16:00 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos)

"Sun is contemplating adding an unusual provision to some of its Java licenses under which the company would agree to protect licensees from Linux-related lawsuits filed by the SCO Group.

"SCO earlier this year asserted that some of the code in Linux infringes on the intellectual property underlying Unix, the 20-plus-year-old operating system that has been owned at different times by AT&T, Novell and now SCO.

"'You license Java--we will indemnify you on Linux,' is how Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice president of software at Sun, said the program, if initiated, might work. 'We would indemnify you against the possibility that SCO comes after you...'"

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