internetnews.com: Q&A: SCO Group CEO Darl McBride
Dec 01, 2003, 18:00 (27 Talkback[s])
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"Q: Much has been said about your position on the
UNIX code. Does it have that much value?
"SCO owns the underlying core source code that feeds all the
major versions of UNIX around the world. The thing that has been
interesting and hard for people to put their arms around is the
notion that we are just a little company with revenues less than
$100 million, and how could we be in such a dominant control
position for what is a $21 billion UNIX marketplace. It's like you
own the Ark of the Covenant of the computer industry--it's just
there--and people can't take that away from us. We started a year
ago saying that we are going to enforce our intellectual property.
We next found immediate violations with respect to contracts that
we have with UNIX vendors primarily in this case IBM.
"We found that those contract violations were tainting Linux. As
we got in the middle of the Linux code base, we found numerous
copyright violations independent of IBM's problems with Linux. Ever
since we came out with that announcement it's been a real firestorm
"In spite of this being controversial, it doesn't change the
fact that our ownership rights on UNIX are rock solid. It doesn't
change the fact that we have copyright violations that we can point
to in Linux. In fact, I would argue that the strength of our case
is what has created such a firestorm and controversy..."