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May 16, 2003, 12:00 (32 Talkback[s])
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"Outside and in-house legal counsel advised the SCO Group to send a warning letter about Linux use to the CEOs of 1,350 companies Monday, SCO CEO Darl McBride says.

"In a letter dated May 12, SCO Group, which holds the license to the original AT&T Unix operating system, warned commercial users of the open-source Linux operating system that 'Linux infringes on our Unix intellectual property and other rights.' McBride also said in the letter that 'legal liability that may arise from the Linux development process may also rest with the end user.' In an interview Thursday, McBride said the company, formed when the former Caldera Systems bought the rights to Unix software products from the old Santa Cruz Operation in 2001, had in recent months hired consulting software engineers who found that the Linux kernel contains 'lines and blocks' of Unix source code. 'Linux is an unauthorized derivative of our Unix source code,' he says.

"According to McBride, in-house counsel and lawyers from the firm Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP, which is representing SCO in a Linux-related lawsuit against IBM filed in March, advised the company to tell Linux users that they could be violating SCO's intellectual-property rights..."

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