SCO Will Announce First End User Lawsuit Tomorrow

Monday, March 01 2004 @ 10:29 PM EST

Contributed by: PJ

Robert McMillan reports that SCO announced today that they will announce their first end user lawsuit target tomorrow:

"The SCO Group on Tuesday will launch its first lawsuit against a Linux user for alleged violations of SCO's intellectual property, SCO Chief Executive Officer Darl McBride said Monday.

"After consulting with its law firm, Boies, Schiller and Flexner, SCO has narrowed down its list of possible targets to a 'handful' of the world's 1,000 largest corporations, McBride said. 'We're going to file it tomorrow. It's sort of come down to a couple of complaints we have prepared,' he said.

"McBride declined to offer more details other than to say that the companies being considered were neither Internet Service Providers nor technology companies and that they all had recognizable names.

"Speaking at the Software 2004 conference in San Francisco later Monday, McBride said that other lawsuits would follow. 'I don't see hundreds and hundreds of lawsuits like the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) did, but I do see more than one,' he said, referring to the lawsuits the RIAA has filed against online file-swappers.

"Launching lawsuits against large corporations will do little more than speed up SCO's demise, according to Bruce Perens, a founder of the Open Source Initiative. 'If you shake down a company that way, especially a Fortune 1000 company -- a company that has a good many more lawyers than SCO -- that tends to blow up in your face,' he said. 'SCO can confuse as many people as they want. They're still going to eventually go out of business. They can't win these suits.'"

We'll see. This is an announcement about an announcement. How weird is that? Is this the week they announce their financials or something?