More Threats from SCO

Wednesday, August 20 2003 @ 04:38 AM EDT

Contributed by: PJ

They don't like it there are no lines to pay them for their license, so they say they will now start suing. Soon. Someday. It's in the works. They're making a list and checking it twice. McBride:

"'We are prepared to have this heard on a quicker basis in a customer environment if that's what it takes to quicken it up,' he said.

". . . McBride added SCO is identifying Linux users for possible litigation. He said SCO had for the last month gathered information on Linux users, and identified about 10% of the total Linux servers sold last year. McBride added that he expected that figure to rise to 40% over the coming weeks before SCO would take action.

"SCO has three groups working on identifying and approaching Linux users. The first is drawing up the list, the second will send out letters offering the chance to license the code SCO says has been copied into Linux, and the third will take legal action against those who refuse.

"McBride said SCO was likely to be selective about who it targets, probably choosing a company using IBM Corp's AIX and Dynix operating systems as well as Linux, so it can settle several legal arguments in one go."

So, they know who's being naughty. They have ways. Legal ways, one hopes, of invading people's privacy. And it's the fault of the GPL. It's forcing them to do this "despite being able to identify which companies and individuals are responsible for copying its code into Linux."

"'There's a bouncing ball that ends up in the hands of customers because of the GPL,' said McBride.

"Chris Sontag, senior vice president and general manager of the company's SCOsource business, added: 'There is no warranty for infringement of intellectual property [in the GPL], so all of the liability ends up with end users.'"

So, watch your mailbox. You know who you are. And so does SCO. They are tracking you. Say, how come the reporter didn't think to ask what methodology they are using to track their victims down?