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Groklaw: Missing Copyright Notices in OpenLinux Project

Apr 05, 2004, 15:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

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"A reader sent me OpenLinux 2.3, and I decided I would take a look and see if I could find any Caldera/USL/SCO copyright notices on the header files SCO is complaining about. I couldn't, but I wasn't sure I knew what I was doing (or more accurately, I was pretty sure I didn't), so I asked Dr Stupid to take a look at OpenLinux, which I knew he owned, and see if he could find any copyright notices on the header files. He checked and he finds no such copyright notices.

"Can SCO sue folks successfully for failing to have copyright notices on files that they themselves distributed--apparently for years--without any such notices? Despite their knowing all along what the sealed agreement said, even if the rest of the world did not? What kind of upside-down Alice-in-Wonderland court would that be...?"

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