Forget Red Hat, SCO Now Wants to Sue

Tuesday, August 05 2003 @ 03:22 PM EDT

Contributed by: PJ

Forget Red Hat, SCO Now Wants to Sue You

SCO's response to Red Hat's lawsuit is that now they are being "pushed" to sue the end users. They'd sure hate to have to do it, but IBM and Red Hat are making them. Seems SCO's rights are being "squashed". Here's McBride's wording:

"What they [Red Hat] didn't say is becoming by now very loud and very clear, and that is, the legal liability for Linux truly rests with the end user.

"As we move down the path of resolving our issues, we recognize that we're in a broader world of intellectual property issues right now. If you look at what's happened in the music business over the last few months, the music fights on for a number of years, and there's been billions of dollars the artists and the companies there have lost, and when they finally took the fight down to where the infringements are going on, the copyright infringement going on at the end users end of the music business, one press report I read said there is a 30% slowdown of downloading of illegal music on the internet after these customer lawsuits started.

"If we have to go down that path, then, again, we've been pushed there, we will go down there, that's why Boies' team is engaged, and David is ready to go, if that's what we have to do."

Of course, he'd so rather y'all didn't push him to do this by getting a license instead. I'll have more as I type up my notes. Remember, he's talking 2.4 and 2.5 kernels. They have a FAQ page now. And an description page, which looks like it was written very, very fast, with the kinds of grammer and punctuation mistakes you normally only see in email. In it, they say they are only going after commercial users, but what I heard at the teleconference indicates a shift, so this is in the shifting sands department. Talk to your own lawyer for advice, if you think you need some.