What Will SCOs Customers

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2004-03-03 Print this article Print

Say?"> Thomas C. Carey, chairman of the business practice group at Boston-based Bromberg & Sunstein LLP, a firm specializing in intellectual property litigation and business law, agreed with McBride. "I dont think that the Novell lawsuit will directly affect the customer, but the IBM lawsuit will. The customer will likely try to have its case stayed pending the outcome of the IBM lawsuit. Or it may seek to have its case consolidated with the IBM lawsuit so as to ride IBMs coat-tails throughout the litigation."

Some on the teleconference wondered if SCO suing former customers would interfere with the companys capability to gain new customers.
McBride furiously replied that until SCO started to protect its IP rights, it had no future business since its Unix products had to compete against no-cost Linux distributions. To McBride, SCO had to become a litigious company in order to survive.

Carey observed that if SCO is to make any money from its intellectual property, "this move is absolutely necessary if SCOs licensing program is going to gain any momentum. The CFO of the Linux user [company] has to see that there is a potential cost to doing nothing in response to SCOs threats."

Linus Torvalds, Linuxs chief creator, offered another take on SCOs latest moves. In an e-mail exchange he said: "What should you take away from this? Never, ever, EVER, enter into any agreement with SCO. You will be sued, whether you did anything wrong or right."

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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