Red Hat Sues SCO

Monday, August 04 2003 @ 04:21 PM EDT

Contributed by: PJ

Here's the press release. I'm on the phone trying to get more. Meanwhile, enjoy the glow.

OK, they filed in the U.S. District Court of Delaware. They are asking for a permanent injunction. They are asking that SCO be made to stop asserting that Red Hat's Linux violates SCO's IP. They are also asking for a declaratory judgment, which you can read about here.

They are also asking for damages, triple the financial damages caused to Red Hat "for harm caused by SCO's unfair competition and false advertising...unfair and deceptive (trade) well as for violations of common law, including trade libel, unfair competition and tortious interference with prospective economic advantage."

Red Hat is setting up a legal fund to help cover legal expenses associated with infringement claims against any company "developing software under the GPL and non-profit organizations supporting the efforts of companies developing software under a GPL license":

"The company also stated that it has set up a fund, the Open Source Now Fund, to defray any legal costs that may be incurred by the Linux community. It is pledging $1 million to the fund, which will help cover the legal costs of open-source developers performing work under the GPL (General Public License) and nonprofit institutions that become involved in the SCO actions."

They have put $1 million in the fund. If you want to get more information, email More details here and here

Note the url to get the pdf of the complaint is in MathFox's unbelievably fast comment, if you are a subscriber to LWN. I'm looking for a better link for the rest of us.