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Groklaw: Lawyers React to Latest SCO Maneuvers

Oct 29, 2003, 16:00 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Douglas Steele, Pamela Jones)


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Lawyers Everywhere Say Huh? Rubbish. Weird. A Stretch

"SCO really said it. It's not a parody or a hoax. They really said the GPL is unconstitutional and unenforceable and void and/or voidable.

"Well, they also said IBM's patents were invalid too, and what are the odds of that being true? Slim? Or none? We'll start with Eben Moglen, the attorney for the Free Software Foundation:

"''It's just rubbish,' said attorney and Columbia Law School professor Eben Moglen. 'There's nothing about giving permission to copy, modify or redistribute that violates the U.S. Constitution or any other law of the United States...''"

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IP Atty Says SCO Wants Judge to Rule GPL = Public Domain

"Douglas Steele, Esq., has written an article about SCO's claim that as a matter of law, the GPL is unenforceable, void and/or voidable...

"He has a warning about SCO's new legal tactic, and it is his view that SCO is trying to get the judge to declare all works released under the GPL for the last 3 years put into the public domain. Note his remarks about downloading from the Caldera FTP also. He isn't saying SCO will succeed. He is saying this is what he understands they are trying for..."

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