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Groklaw: Removing a Rung From SCO's Methods and Concepts Ladder

Mar 01, 2005, 16:45 (0 Talkback[s])


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"Groklaw is, as you know, a group effort. So, while I was kicking up my heels at LinuxWorld, Dr Stupid kept slaving away in the Groklaw research dungeons. And he has found something so amazing, I think you will join me in thanking him for effectively blasting out one rung in SCO's ladder theory, the most important rung too, the one about methods and concepts, and their claim to contractually control what IBM can do with its own derivative works.

"Both judges in the SCO v. IBM case have highlighted that issue, the contract issue, of whether AT&T retained control over modifications and derivative code, based on methods and concepts as opposed to straight copyright infringement, as being the one IBM needs most to disprove, at least by my understanding of their rulings. No doubt SCO's witnesses it offered declarations from, including Mitzi Bond, were a factor in the judges having to at least consider this issue and address it. It is with great pleasure that I present Dr Stupid's findings, therefore. As you will see, it shows that Otis Wilson and David Frasure, in their declarations for IBM, are correctly recalling how things worked back in the day..."

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