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siliconvalley.internet.com: SCO Group Claims First Linux IP Licensee

Aug 12, 2003, 14:30 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Singer)

"'We've had more than 300 companies in the first four business days of this program contact SCO to inquire about SCO's Intellectual Property License for Linux,' Chris Sontag, senior vice president and general manager, SCOsource, SCO's software licensing division said in a statement. 'This Fortune 500 company recognizes the importance of paying for SCO's intellectual property that is found in Linux and can now run Linux in their environment under a legitimate license from SCO. We anticipate this being the first of many licensees that will properly compensate SCO for our intellectual property. After having initiated the program last week, we are very pleased with the licensing interest to date.'

"However, Deutsche Bank Securities analyst Brian Skiba, who visited with SCO last week and took a look at its evidence of copying from the UnixWare kernel into Linux, pointed out that many of those calls likely did not come from companies interested in buying a license.

"'Some of those companies probably were leaving colorful messages that were not necessarily that they wanted to engage in a license,' Skiba told internetnews.com. '[SCO] even told me that probably a third of those customers were calling to basically complain...'"

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