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NewsForge: Legal Bungling Sank SCO Group's Investigation Against DaimlerChrysler

Aug 12, 2004, 15:15 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Preimesberger)

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"NewsForge has found that The SCO Group, which purports to have ownership of all Unix System V code, was also fishing for usage of its proprietary code in Linux systems when it filed a lawsuit March 3 against multinational automaker DaimlerChrysler--even though the actual complaint said otherwise. On paper, the lawsuit alleged only that DaimlerChrysler had not recertified with SCO Group the use of its old Unix code, as required by the original license contract between Chrysler Motors Corp. (now DaimlerChrysler) and AT&T Information Systems (which owned the Unix code at that time).

"In fact, DaimlerChrysler proved that it had complied with the original license by certifying its use of Unix System V code with SCO Group on April 6, 2004, 11 weeks before Michigan Judge Rae Lee Chabot's dismissal of most of the case on July 21. DaimlerChrysler IT manager Norman Powell did this by attesting that no SCO-owned code had been used in DaimlerChrysler's shop for more than seven years, thus there were no CPUs to be accounted for..."

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