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CNET News: Handicapping SCO versus Linux

Sep 26, 2003, 01:00 (7 Talkback[s])
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"New technology always causes legal gray areas. The history of the computer industry proves that things eventually do get straightened out, but not before companies are forced to find their way through a prolonged period of uncertainty. That's certainly the case in the current dispute that pits The SCO Group against the Linux community, says Stuart Meyer, an intellectual property partner with Fenwick & West in Mountain View, Calif.

"Meyer, who specializes in such gray areas, worked on the Napster case in addition to a well-publicized copyright spat between Borland and Lotus in the 1990s.

"In an interview with CNET News.com, Meyer said that if the court upholds SCO's claims, it could present troubling liability questions for the companies that use, develop or sell Linux. But he cautions against any rush to judgment, noting that it's not at all clear whether SCO has full ownership over the code in question..."

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