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UNIX Guru Opines SCO/Kernel Mess, Torvalds Begs to Differ

Dec 31, 2003, 14:30 (16 Talkback[s])
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NewsForge: McKusick on SCO's Latest Copyright Claims

NewsForge asked longtime Unix and BSD guru Kirk McKusick, who has intimate knowledge of the original AT&T versus BSD legal battles over Unix source code in the early 1990s, to comment on SCO's recent claims of copyright infringement in Linux. McKusick says he believes Torvalds when he says he did not copy the files in question, but notes that may be not the real issue here. McKusick also questions whether the GPL license could be applied to the code even if the requisite copyright notices had appeared.

"SCO's letter of warning to certain Linux users claims that 'Certain copyrighted application binary interfaces ('ABI Code') have been copied verbatim from our copyrighted UNIX code base and contributed to Linux for distribution under the General Public License ('GPL') without proper authorization and without copyright attribution...'"

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Groklaw: Linus Corrects McKusick

"McKusick said, in part:

"'Linus Torvolds [sic] says that he typed in these files from scratch and I believe that he did. Unfortunately that does not get him out of the ABI argument, because, by necessity, he had to use the same names and values.'

"But Linus didn't use the same names and values. He used the Minix names and values.

"How do I know? I asked Linus..."

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