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eWeek: SCO: Make-or-Break Moves?

Mar 09, 2004, 23:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

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"After months of ratcheting up threats to sue enterprise Linux users, The SCO Group last week filed lawsuits against DaimlerChrysler Corp. and AutoZone Inc. in a move that legal experts and members of the open-source community said is a make-or-break turning point for the Lindon, Utah, company.

"They question how SCO, which is already engaged in lawsuits against billion-dollar enterprises such as IBM and Novell Inc., will be able to maintain and fund all these legal actions at a time when its revenues and profits are falling.

"'You now have a little company suing four immense companies in different places on very different claims and supposing that [SCO] can take all of this on at once,' said Eben Moglen, a law professor at New York's Columbia University and general counsel for the Free Software Foundation. 'My advice to potential and/or existing Linux customers who might be worried about being sued by SCO is that the lesson here is that your greatest danger of that is to be a SCO customer...'"

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