"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...'"