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eWeek: Making Sense of the SCO Suits

Mar 08, 2004, 14:45 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The SCO Group Inc.'s latest lawsuits against two Linux users, AutoZone, Inc., and DaimlerChrysler Corp., are very different and bring their own set of legal challenges for the Lindon, Utah, company.

"Mark Radcliffe, a Linux expert and licensing attorney at the national technology law firm Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich in Palo Alto, Calif., says the lawsuit against AutoZone alleges copyright infringement due to the use of Linux.

"'The problem is that Novell has disputed that the copyrights were transferred to SCO. Without that copyright, SCO may only bring suit under the licenses that SCO purchased from Novell under the Asset Purchase Agreement [APA]. The ownership issue may prove a powerful defense for AutoZone and will probably prevent the issuance of a preliminary injunction,' he said..."

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