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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 of controversy.

"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..."

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