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CNET News: Legal Action Hits SCO Web Site

Jun 04, 2003, 20:30 (6 Talkback[s])
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"SCO Group, the company that has warned major companies that using Linux could get them in legal trouble, has shut down its German Web site after a Linux advocacy group in the country obtained a restraining order.

"Lawyers representing LinuxTag, the German Linux group, told SCO on May 23 that the Lindon, Utah-based company was engaging in unfair competitive practices when it sent to 1,500 large companies letters that said using Linux could pose legal problems because SCO proprietary Unix source code had been copied into Linux, according to a statement from the group.

"'SCO must not be allowed to damage its competitors by unsubstantiated claims, to intimidate their customers and to inflict lasting damage on the reputation of GNU/Linux as an open platform,' LinuxTag's Michael Kleinhenz said in the statement. LinuxTag demanded SCO make its evidence public by May 30 or retract its claims..."

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