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Darl McBride, CEO of SCO, has had a target on his back since March of this year when his company filed a $1 billion suit against IBM. SCO charged that Big Blue violated a licensing agreement by using patented or copyrighted Unix code in its Linux offerings. SCO claims that it has clear evidence that its source code ended up in various Linux distributions, and has hired high profile attorney David Boies to handle the case against IBM and potentially others. IBM, Novell, the open source community, and other affected parties maintain that SCO is trying to skim money by setting up an intellectual property tollbooth to collect from those who are legally engaged in delivering Linux solutions. SCO insists that it has evidence of purloined code in Linux, and is simply protecting its intellectual property and copyrights.

McBride talked with ZDNet's Dan Farber and News.com's Charlie Cooper about the next phase of the legal dispute, and announced that SCO had just obtained registered copyrights for the Unix code base, which had been in question in recent weeks. McBride said the copyrights would give SCO the ability to seek injunctive and damage relief from end users, and discussed the possibility of charging a licensing fee on all commercial users of the 2.4 version of the Linux kernel. However, the legal process and IBM's deep pockets will factor into SCO's ability to gain any compensation from its assumed intellectual property


SCO's lawsuit against IBM hits next stage
Face to Face: SCO CEO Darl McBride talks with ZDNet's Dan Farber and News.com's Charles Cooper in an exclusive Face-to-Face interview about the current status of SCO's $3 billion suit against IBM and what comes next in this fractious legal tangle.
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PREVIOUS COVERAGE
Who's liable for Linux?
Charles Cooper: It's the next big Linux controversy: Who should be liable if customers wind up using software that was created from misappropriated intellectual property?
July 18, 2003
 
SCO vs. IBM: Lengthy battle could hurt Linux
David Berlind: The biggest threat to Linux may not lie in the ultimate merits of SCO's case. The big enemy is time: If the case drags on, most companies can't afford to place bets on technology with an uncertain future. If not Linux, then what?
June 17, 2003
 
One outcome ignored--SCO could win
Michael Kanellos: Open-source folks aren't tackling the one key question in the SCO Group-IBM battle over Unix: What if the company's right? Even the innocent could be guilty.
June 20, 2003
 
SCO launches an offensive
ZDNet News Focus: Despite taking heat over its bold claim that versions of Linux contains code that violates its Unix intellectual property, SCO Group comes back firing. The company targets industry giant IBM by revoking its Unix contract and tripling damage claims--and says it's only beginning. How badly will this hurt Linux in the long run?
July 18, 2003
 


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