internetnews.com: IBM Won't Oppose SCO's Copyright Claim
Feb 26, 2004, 19:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alexander Wolfe)
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"IBM has told a U.S. court it won't oppose a motion by the SCO
Group to add copyright infringement claims to the latter's Linux
lawsuit against Big Blue.
"'IBM does not oppose plaintiff's [SCO's] motion,' attorneys for
the company wrote in papers filed the United States Court for the
Central District of Utah. However, in its filing, IBM called the
SCO copyright allegations 'meritless' and said it would defend
itself against them.
"The filing comes as both sides await a ruling on whether SCO
will be able to include copyright infringement claims to its
ongoing $3 billion lawsuit against IBM that seeks to challenge
parts of Linux code. At presstime, IBM hadn't returned a call for
comment about the motion.
"However, legal observers have indicated that a plaintiff's
motion to add claims to a lawsuit is unlikely to be denied by a
judge, which could explain why IBM has filed a motion that
essentially seeks to move the issue along in the legal