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eWeek: SCO Group Slaps IBM with $1B Suit

Mar 07, 2003, 06:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"In 1995, SCO purchased the rights and ownership of UNIX and UnixWare that had been originally owned by AT&T. This included source code, source documentation, software development contracts, licenses and other intellectual property that pertained to UNIX-related business. SCO became the successor in interest to the UNIX software licenses originally licensed by AT&T Bell Laboratories to all UNIX distributors, including Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM, Silicon Graphics, Sun Microsystems Inc., and many others.

"'SCO is in the enviable position of owning the UNIX operating system,' said Darl McBride, president and CEO, SCO, in an interview with eWeek Thursday. 'It is clear from our stand point that we have an extremely compelling case against IBM. SCO has more than 30,000 contracts with UNIX licensees and upholding these contracts is as important today as the day they were signed.'

"McBride said the bottom line was that SCO owned the source code to Unix and the right to that operating system. IBM had taken AIX and made it available to the Linux community in an unlawful way..."

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