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ZDNet: IBM Denies Charges of Unix Theft

May 01, 2003, 19:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"In an 18-page filing in U.S. District Court in Utah, IBM said SCO Group's four formal charges are unfounded, denied the truth of dozens of SCO allegations, and accused SCO of trying to slow the work of the open-source community.

"SCO sued IBM in March, alleging that Big Blue had misappropriated SCO's Unix trade secrets by moving them into the open-source Linux operating system. SCO Group, a Lindon, Utah-based company still in the process of changing its name from Caldera International, is the inheritor of the Unix intellectual property initially developed at AT&T.

"'While IBM has endeavored to support the open-source community and to further the development of Linux, IBM has not engaged in any wrongdoing,' Big Blue said in its response, filed Wednesday. 'Contrary to Caldera's unsupported assertions, IBM has not misappropriated any trade secrets; it has not engaged in unfair competition; it has not interfered with Caldera's contracts; and it has not breached contractual obligations to Caldera...'"

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