SCO: Make-or-Break Moves?
After months of ratcheting up threats to sue enterprise Linux users, SCO last week filed a pair of lawsuits that legal experts and members of the open-source community said is a make-or-break turning point for the company.After months of ratcheting up threats to sue enterprise Linux users, The SCO Group last week filed lawsuits against DaimlerChrysler Corp. and AutoZone Inc. in a move that legal experts and members of the open-source community said is a make-or-break turning point for the Lindon, Utah, company. They question how SCO, which is already engaged in lawsuits against billion-dollar enterprises such as IBM and Novell Inc., will be able to maintain and fund all these legal actions at a time when its revenues and profits are falling. "You now have a little company suing four immense companies in different places on very different claims and supposing that [SCO] can take all of this on at once," said Eben Moglen, a law professor at New Yorks Columbia University and general counsel for the Free Software Foundation. "My advice to potential and/or existing Linux customers who might be worried about being sued by SCO is that the lesson here is that your greatest danger of that is to be a SCO customer."
"The only thing they have left is literally old contracts with people who have largely already walked away from them," Linus Torvalds, Linux creator and fellow at the Open Source Development Lab, in Beaverton, Ore., told eWEEK in an e-mail exchange. "So they try to milk those connections for all they are worthand since clearly nobody sane would be interested in renegotiating with them, what have they left?"