"Laying the ground work to take its battle with Linux directly
to Linux customers, SCO Group said it has received U.S. copyright
registrations for its Unix System V source code; just the firepower
it needs to pursue copyright violation suits.
"Until now, SCO's conflict with Linux, which it claims is an
unauthorized derivation of its Unix code, has centered on a breach
of contract suit aimed at IBM. But with the copyrights in hand, SCO
said using Linux is essentially software piracy, and it is ready to
open a new revenue stream by giving Linux users immunity to
copyright violations through licensing.
"The company said it plans to offer UnixWare licenses tailored
to support run-time, binary use of Linux for all commercial users
of Linux based on the 2.4.x and later versions of the Linux kernel.
SCO said any commercial Linux customers that purchase the license
will be held harmless against past copyright violations and for any
future use of Linux in a run-only, binary format..."
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