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SCO Expands Licensing Money Chase Worldwide

timothy posted more than 10 years ago | from the no-see-we-sue-you-otherwise dept.

Caldera 466

drizst 'n drat writes "Article posted recently on ZDNet that 'companies outside the United States that use Linux now face the threat of legal action from the SCO Group, following the announcement on Wednesday that SCO's licenses are available worldwide.'" And cbiltcliffe writes "Vnunet is reporting that SCO is now threatening legal action against UK businesses that run Linux. Yet again, they claim they're going to initiate legal action against Linux users 'within a couple of weeks.' (Funny...weren't they saying that back in September?) They also claim that Novell and HP indemnification schemes are essentially useless (similar to SCO's Linux licences). It definitely appears the media is getting somewhat wiser to the FUD, however, as the story reports 'The run-time licence only permits use of what SCO says is its IP,' rather than 'The licence permits use of SCO's IP' like we would have heard a couple of months ago."

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Go Go Super WIPO (4, Insightful)

Mirell (459881) | more than 10 years ago | (#7977948)

So have they got WIPO to approve their claims?

Re:Go Go Super WIPO (3, Funny)

loserbert (697119) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978056)

Every time I see the letters WIPO I think its another Oprah Winfrey organization.....

Re:Go Go Super WIPO (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978245)

I would suggest that anyone in the UK receiving such blackmail demands, should take them straight to the Police [police.uk], or report them to the Computer Crimes Unit at New Scotland Yard [police.uk].

Do we care? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7977950)

Thought not.

Correct me if I'm wrong (1, Interesting)

PatrickThomson (712694) | more than 10 years ago | (#7977953)

But isn't SCO supposed to have produced some evidence by now?

Re:Correct me if I'm wrong (1)

justsomebody (525308) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978091)

Naah, they don't have time to do that, company is too busy with extortion branch for now.

Re:Correct me if I'm wrong (1)

cshark (673578) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978196)

They did present evidence. They've claimed three files! Hope they keep their mits out of my hard drive. Lord only knows what they would call infringement!

Re:Correct me if I'm wrong (2, Funny)

tonyr60 (32153) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978199)

" But isn't SCO supposed to have produced some evidence by now?"

SCO has produced much evidence of their agenda and intellect over the past year or so.

Amazon.com hacked LOL (-1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | more than 10 years ago | (#7977954)

Go there and see for yourself. This is so funny and 1337.

Re:Amazon.com hacked LOL (-1, Offtopic)

Autonomous Cowherder (741529) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978009)

No it ain't. What are you talking about?

Re:Amazon.com hacked LOL (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978114)

Goatse's down, too.

"The one thing I could never stand about Santa Carla was all the Goddamned VAMPIRES!"

Re:Amazon.com hacked LOL (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978138)


HINT: really big sites like Amazon.com don't have just ONE web server running Linux and Apache. Amazon.com doesn't really resolve to ONE computer in a closet someplace. Dipshit. You are a stupid cunt and you should take that dick out of your mouth, maybe you can think more clearly. Oh and your breath smells of hot penis and feces.

Hmmm. let me see. DO I GIVE A FUCK? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7977959)

Survey says... NO.

If there is a ruling in the US against SCO... (5, Interesting)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 10 years ago | (#7977960)

If there is a ruling in the US against SCO which says there is no SCO IP in Linux, can they still try to force licenses upon those in other countries until a case is that country goes to trial?

Red Hat Linux 7.x and 8.0 end of life notification (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978070)

Dear Red Hat Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 8.0 customers,

In accordance with our errata support policy, the Red Hat Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 8.0 distributions have now reached their errata maintenance end-of-life.

This means that we will no longer be producing security, bugfix, or enhancement updates for these products. Red Hat Linux 9 reaches end of life on April 30, 2004.

JOHN KERRY FOR PRESIDENT! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978134)

Fools who vote for Howard Dean suffer from the same brand of retardation that afflicted Nader supporters in 2000. Grow a fucking brain, you foul-smelling twigs. This ain't Columbia in '69, much less Berkeley.

Vote Kerry.

Re:JOHN KERRY FOR PRESIDENT! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978239)

Offtopic? I fail to see how this is offtopic. If Howard Dean wins the nomination, our nation is going to be fucked for at least four more years as Bush and his administration practice their ineptitude on the backs of hundreds of millions of Americans, not to mention working people worldwide. If that's not apropos to this discussion, I don't know what is.

Re:If there is a ruling in the US against SCO... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978084)


I would suspect that you are a nigger, but since you're posting on slashdot that would suggest that you're using a computer. Operating a computer is beyond the intellectual capacity of most niggers, so I think you are just a stupid white guy. Or maybe a chink.

People think I'm racist, but I don't consider niggers to be a useless subspecies. I enjoy fucking the femal nigger. Like your mother.

Peace,
George Stephanophologous

Re:If there is a ruling in the US against SCO... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978145)

If you are sure his mother is a nigger, how can you entertain the possibility that he is not a nigger?!

You are contradicting yourself, sir.

Re:If there is a ruling in the US against SCO... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978189)

White + Black = grey or mulato or whatever those disgusting bastards are called.

Granted, a grey niglet is going to be smarter than a pure black niglet. Not by much - probably to the point that one could post bullshit on slashdot.

Re:If there is a ruling in the US against SCO... (4, Insightful)

eln (21727) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978161)

Yes, they could, but since any defendants could just lift the arguments straight out of the US case and probably win if the other country's laws were similar, it's unlikely they would. Plus, if the prevailing Slashdot opinion regarding SCO's real motives is actually true, the executives will be living it up in Bermuda while the company files bankruptcy right about the time the US verdict is being read.

Re:If there is a ruling in the US against SCO... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978171)

That's why we need to stop DOSing their web site and start hitting their financial supporters, like MS, Baystar Capital, Deutsche Bank, Renaissance Ventures, Yankee Group, and HP [theregister.co.uk]. Make it so it's less attractive to fund their campaign.

Re:If there is a ruling in the US against SCO... (0, Redundant)

i23098 (723616) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978197)

When they loose the case there will be no SCO... ...and we live happy ever after :-D

KIM JONG IL ON TEH NUKULAR PROLIPHERATION SPOKE!1~ (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7977963)

Let me suggest your first international effort (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7977964)

Nigeria.

SCO out to make money.. (1)

PaddiWhack (741557) | more than 10 years ago | (#7977965)

Again ... Why is this NOT unusual ?
Me and some friends conspired that maybe another very big software company was there to fund them
You all know what company im thinking about.. dont ya ? =]

Re:SCO out to make money.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978067)

See I would guess Sun. Even with their Linux efforts lately they still stand to lose the most since it is more common for a company to go from Unix to Linux than Windows to Linux.

They don't have the power (1)

shuz (706678) | more than 10 years ago | (#7977984)

I am not for or against the RIAA but they have the power to only scare. RIAA is larger than SCO and they don't have the man power to sue every single person. Sco's situation is no different the have the power to make idle threats. Whether they have a good base to make these threats or not. They simply don't have the man power to sue every single Linux user!

Sad news ... Stephen King dead at 56 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7977989)


I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

Old and tired, but... (1)

dustmote (572761) | more than 10 years ago | (#7977996)

This is (and has been) ridiculous. This is akin to watching a well-known person have a collosal and very public breakdown. If it were a person I would suspect them of having amphetamine psychosis, and avoid them (or recommend treatment quietly to the large men with nets and white suits) accordingly. Nothing new, it's just that every now and then the absurdity of it strikes me all over again.

Barratry.. (4, Interesting)

0WaitState (231806) | more than 10 years ago | (#7977997)

Doesn't the UK have a law against barratry, something the USA desperately needs? SCO could get royally fucked by playing their legal games in the UK. We can only hope.

Re:Barratry.. (1)

rewt66 (738525) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978132)

Well, if SCO doesn't have any assets in the UK, about all they could lose is the attorney fees...

Assets. (2, Informative)

jrumney (197329) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978192)

SCO Software (UK) Ltd
Titan Court
3 Bishop Square
Hatfield
Herts AL10 9NA

I don't know if they own their building or are renting, but surely there are some assets in it.

Re:Barratry.. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978154)

The US does have barratry law, troll, but it requires repeated lawsuits with the sole intent to harrass and without any valid claim. SCO has only been threatening lawsuits which is not barratry. You would also have to prove that not only are their claims without basis but that they knew that all along. That is not an easy case to persue.

I think that was a pretty fair response to what was obviously flamebait.

Re:Barratry.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978231)

It wasn't flamebait you idiot, it was a karma whore. Anti-US, pro-UK, vaguely related to the topic, uses a word probably unknown to most Slashdot moderators, posted logged in. Definitely a karma whore.

Re:Barratry.. (1)

tandr (108948) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978185)

SCO could get royally fucked by playing their legal games in the UK.

yes, that's United Kingdom after all...

Re:Barratry.. (5, Informative)

Albanach (527650) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978236)

Great Britain has two legal systems, one covering England and Wales, the other covers Scotland.

In Scotland, Extortion (the obtaining of money or goods by means of illegitimate threats or demands) is a criminal offence. As a result, such practises as private firms clamping your car for parking on private property then demanding money to release it is illegal in Scotland but not in England. As a result, any Scottish company receiving one of these demands may wish to request a copy of the infringing source and if it's not forthcoming deem the request as an illegitimate threat and report SCO to the police.

In addition the new Proceeds of Crime Act gives police the power to seize all assets belonging to criminals participating in the practise of extortion. Such assets could include cars, houses, boats and bank accounts.

Goodness! The temerity! (2, Interesting)

deadmonk (568008) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978017)

.. Yup, rock solid set of balls on those boys.

Especially since this can get you jail time in other countries, perhaps..?

yeah, hi (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978019)

Why does everyone get so pissy when MS announces that it's going to drop support for a 5-year-old OS?

Yet not a word is mentioned when Red Hat announces it's no longer going to support a barely 1-year-old OS?

Please. Someone explain.


Dear Red Hat Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 8.0 customers,

In accordance with our errata support policy, the Red Hat Linux 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 and 8.0 distributions have now reached their errata maintenance end-of-life.

This means that we will no longer be producing security, bugfix, or enhancement updates for these products. Red Hat Linux 9 reaches end of life on April 30, 2004.

Re:yeah, hi (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978123)

Simple Windows 98=Teh Suck Redhat 7/8/9=Not Teh Suck

Re:yeah, hi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978232)

Firstly, RH 8.0 came out in September 2002. Secondly, you get all the source to RH 8.0, if there's a bug, apply the patch, compile, end of story. In fact, you can fix you own bugs if you feel so compelled. Thirdly, I could give less of a fuck if MS desupports Win98 since I don't use Win-anything. Besides, MS has it's place in the world, primarily as a computing platform for the computing illiterate. You're comparing a Vespa (Win98) with a Harley (RH 9.0). Vespas are simple since they have one gear, are fun to drive, but you could never take one as a serious form of transportation. Harleys speak for themselves so just keep moving along there Vespa boy.

Worldwide? (2, Funny)

RyanFenton (230700) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978020)

Whew - Spirit was busy enough, and Beagle II was in enough trouble. It's a good thing they never plan to bring those things back home.

Ryan Fenton

useles (1)

danidude (672839) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978022)

They also claim that Novell and HP indemnification schemes are essentially useless (similar to SCO's Linux licences).

Oh, SCO's Linux licences are not useless... they are very useful... for SCO making money, that is.

Re:useles (1)

Lane.exe (672783) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978050)

But in order for them to be successful (and therefore useful) they would have to actually work. And since only the $699 fee troll seems to have paid for it, it's not very useful at all.

Re:useles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978233)

Oh, SCO's Linux licences are not useless... they are very useful... for SCO making money, that is.

no no... for me to poop on!

Another day, another SCO story... (5, Interesting)

canfirman (697952) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978024)

CBS Marketwatch also another story on this issue. [marketwatch.com] In it, Blake Stowell, an SCO spokesman said, "The fact that we are now offering a license for SCO's intellectual property for Linux in the U.K. opens up the door now to the fact that if customers in the U.K. choose not to purchase a license from us, the threat of legal action could be forthcoming".

Translation: we're not making enough cash from North America because they're not taking us seriously. So, we'll hit you guys up for a few bucks.

I really wonder if anybody in Europe will really take these guys seriously? Since SCO was sooooooooo successful in launching their lawsuits in the U.S., I'm sure they'll do just fine in Europe.

Novell (4, Insightful)

nattt (568106) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978027)

Until Novell and SCO sorts out who owns what, anyone can just tell SCO to go to hell. That's if there's anything of SCO left by the time IBM finish with them. Anyone who now pays SCO money is stupid.

Sad day ... Stephen King dead at 56 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978031)


I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Sci Fi / horror writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

Media Skepticism based off community skepticism (1)

LordKazan (558383) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978034)

The fact that the media is becoming skeptical is probably based off the fact that we are skeptical. Enough of us have probably informed the media agencies of exactly how things work and that SCO is just blowing smoke so that they realized that SCOs claims may just be a lot of smoke. They Media will be all over SCO like white on Rice of IBM's response CRUSHES SCO's case.

I can't wait to see the headline "SCO's propaganda crushed by IBM".

Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978035)

SCO: All your linux are belong to us.
Soviet Russia: In Soviet Russia the companies sue SCO for IP infringement.

my take on this: SCO, show the code to the public or shut up.period.

the crux of the SCO bullshit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978036)

SCO won't tell anyone what their IP actually is. They have created a problem, and then they blocked all reasonable paths to a solution.

SCO's claims are so vague, that no one really knows what they are talking about.

Translation (4, Informative)

El (94934) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978037)

"We have had some discussions. With some of those companies they have not been fruitful." -- Chris Sontag

Translation: "We have them our ultimatum, and they gave us the finger!"

americans: please fuck off (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978060)

americans: you are really getting on our nerves now. please stop it.

love,

the rest of the planet

Europe is more vigilant to Open Source (2, Interesting)

shuz (706678) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978069)

If history has taught us anything its that Europe as a whole has embraced open source faster then the US to top it all off the US gov. has been working very hard to keep relations poor to europe and the rest of the world. I'm thinking a small US company like SCO isn't going to scare large European corporations and goverments much.

SCO and Chucky Cheese's (3, Funny)

happyfrogcow (708359) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978074)

I hear you can redeem 15 SCO liscenses inside Chucky Cheese's near the skiball games for a plastic keychain or 50 SCO liscenses for a yo-yo.

Now it's just getting silly (er) (2, Funny)

Hangin10 (704729) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978077)

The more claims they make and the bigger the problem that they claim exists, the more they just sound like they do nothing but BS. Eventually noone will listen and hopefully we can all forget this silly mess and have proper geek articles like the lander that moves in 10" increments...

SCO Grows Your Business (1)

umgangee (584717) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978080)

I see sco.com is currently proudly proclaiming its title graphic - "SCO Products Span The World".

If, by this, they're referring to their bull****ing, I guess that's one claim of theirs that can go on record as being truthful. ;-]

Not news really (2, Interesting)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978083)


...now face the threat of legal action...

Well, in reality everyone has the threat of legal action looming over them. It may be entirely unwarranted, as in the SCO fiasco, but you can still go file suit against anyone for pretty much any goofy reason you can come up with.

Re:Not news really (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978253)

You'll be hearing from my lawyer!!!

It's the "cornered animal syndrome" (1)

whitefael (305869) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978087)

SCO has been backed into a corner so they're striking at anything to survive. The end is near and they can see it coming...

Already Happening (5, Interesting)

Ed Almos (584864) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978092)

Sorry to burst your bubble but this started a couple of weeks ago. We got back from the Christmas break to find one of the letters from the SCO Group asking us to verify that we had not copied any code from our SCO servers into Linux machines.

As our last SCO server went into the trash a couple of years ago legal told us to ignore the letter and that's exactly what we did. Our three AIX machines continue to run as do our two Linux clusters, the only thing that's changed is the FUD from SCO.

Ed Almos
Budapest, Hungary

Who would every every buy anything from SCO (1)

acomj (20611) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978104)

I mean seriously. They seem to be seriously shooting themselves in the foot. If we used SCO we'd be moving off them so fast and hoping never to hear from them again.

I can't wait till this is over.

Time for more "put up or shut up" (5, Insightful)

Ashtead (654610) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978106)

As far as I know, they still cannot make this kind of claims in Germany. And good luck to them (they're gonna need it!) if they really try something more substantial than their current FUD propagation anywhere else around here.

Unless and until they can prove in a court of law that they really have these rights they claim, they cannot expect to be paid. On the contrary, they can expect to be investigated for fraud, an perhaps subject to criminal charges of extortion...

And trying to dodge the GPL does not count. Either the GPL is valid and must be obeyed, or it is invalid which makes everyone distributing Linux and other GPL'd software into copyright infringers. This latter seems somewhat less than likely...

In Related News (4, Interesting)

j0keralpha (713423) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978108)

From Groklaw [http]: SCO has posted a job opening, for an "Inside Sales Manager", as of January 9th. Here is the job description, in case you are interested: "The inside sales manager will be responsible to implement a successful campaign of generating daily revenue from selling IP licensing in the North American market. Initially, the sales manager will also be responsible for generating the revenue as a stand-alone sales entity with the goal to grow the department revenue to justify additional sales resources. All sales will be generated from outbound phone calls and incoming phone call leads based upon the SCO Group's IP campaign." Applicants should have the ability to "communicate the offerings of the SCO Groups [sic] IP license strategies in a manner that is successful in generating revenues." Daily. Of course, you have to live in Utah.

Re:In Related News (1)

El (94934) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978160)

In other words, "You don't have to be an accomplished liar to work here, but it helps!"

Re:In Related News (3, Funny)

SuiteSisterMary (123932) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978220)

"We can't legally tell you to lie to customers, but it's pretty much the only way to make quota."

"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury. I'm not legally allowed to offer you large cash kickbacks for finding in favour of my client, but please take a moment to put your addresses on these envelopes."

-- quoted (badly) from Dilbert.

Bagdad Bob (1)

tomrud (471930) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978113)

Is it just me or is there anyone else who thinks that Darl McBride reminds about Bagdad Bob?

Darl "Bagdad Bob" McBride, how does that sound?

SCO fires another press release (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978118)

Those litigious bastards [sco.com] seem to need a boost after having turned in 60 pages -- which has all the infringing code, enough legalese to satisfy crack smoking hallucinators [sco.com], and STILL be able to justify not having a complete offering because everyone took the month of December off.

That reminds me of how I used to write my essays -- 3 page essays and all I have was one quote from Candide...so you paraphrase and stretch it out, use it 5 different times just to make it look all professional and lengthy.

So now the planet is liable to SCO. Hopefully Spirit is running Linux up there on mars so we can get Boies, McBride, etc. to be the first manned mars mission volunteers so they can collect their $699.

Slap happy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7978126)

Considering that Germany's court system was able to slap SCO around there I bet SCO will get more of the same from surrounding countries. I guess SCO would rather be bitch slapped by a stranger than go home to thier MS pimp and get the same.

I wish I could do retarded things like this... (0)

MukiMuki (692124) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978129)

Man, I wish I could just go and make some Windows printer drivers, patent them, install them (if I was hardcore, sneak them onto the install CD of the next Windows release...), and then say I own Windows... It'd be really nice. Get free share purchases, build up some cash for two years, run away with it all in a suitcase when I was done...

French companies' response to SCO threat letter (5, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978133)


Dear silly CEO McBride,

I say NI to you. Your SysV was a hamster, and you SCOsource smells of elderberries. Now go go away or I shall taunt you a second time.

French Taunters, SARL

P.S. to legale departement: Fetchez la vache ... fetchez la vache!

Hmm... (1)

Whatanut (203397) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978148)

"We have had some discussions. With some of those companies they have not been fruitful."

In other words... they got told to get off their property or Guido will break their legs while laughing like a 12 year old school girl.

The opening act of the finish (5, Interesting)

BubbaTheBarbarian (316027) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978153)

On Tuesday, McBride said that lack of indemnification proved that companies knew there was something wrong with Linux. On Wednesday, he said that indemnification programs proved that companies knew there was something wrong with Linux. Darl is obviously showing signs of short-term memory loss.

This whole thing is just starting to piss me off, as they want it both ways, want everyone to lay down and pay them money for just sitting on their asses and thinking about ways to rule the world. They keep making these threats, but with the resulting 60 pages of docs they handed over, it is now being widely assumed that these guys are smoking some of the local meth (Utah has a HUGE meth industry).

One other note is that Sontag backtracked and said that this case is not a copyright case, but a breech of contract case. If that is true (who knows) then the ONLY entity that they could get money out of is IBM. They cannot go after an end-user using a contractual basis for their case, as the end user has no contract with SCO, much less any implied of such. They could go after under the basis of the copyrights, but then any end user could defer the case until after the Novell v. SCO copyright fight is over.

This sounds like a last gasp of desperation from SCO. They had to put out something to pump the stock, and what better way to say they going to get money from the whole world! What they do not realize is, just like a TV show killing off a main character to garner interest, this latest tact will prove to be opening act of their permanent cancellation.

PR getting weak... (1)

BookRead (610258) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978155)

Must be discouraging for SCO. The latest press releases aren't pumping the stock up anymore. Down again today... Cry wolf a few times too many and people begin to catch on.

Lovely. (1)

MrFreshly (650369) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978170)

Next thing we're going to hear is that:
A group of SCO radicals wearing official looking SCO jackets, resembling FBI agents, flashed their badges at the NOC and were seen carting off the Slashdot servers. When asked what they were doing, they replied there are pirate versions of Linux running on these machines and since Slashdot hasn't paid SCO it's licensing dues, and now "All you servers belongs to us."

Thank you SCO! Thank you RIAA!

SCO are psychotic (5, Insightful)

pitr256 (201315) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978184)

According to InfoWorld [infoworld.com], SCO is now claiming that in it's response to IBM interogatories, they have submitted no examples of copyright infrigement.

Blake Stowell is quoted as saying, "We've not introduced copyright infringement as part of our case with IBM. We've tried to make it clear that it's a contract issue."

Seems quite odd when a SCO press release from yesterday says exactly the opposite. Old Darl said this, "SCO is willing to enforce our copyright claims down to the end user level and in the coming days and weeks, we will make this evident in our actions." [yahoo.com]

What freakin planet are these guys from? I'm sorry, but I despise them like I despise neo-nazi, racists, thugs.

I'm sorry that I ever bought a Caldera product...

Hurry it up... (1)

LilGuy (150110) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978214)

I wish they'd just hurry up and show their bluff.. I tire of all the SCO news. Dagnabbed court system.

Smack Down Time for SCO! (1)

Saeed al-Sahaf (665390) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978216)

This is EXCELLENT! Not only do they dig themselves deeper and deeper, but I'm sure the Europeans will be much less inclined to put up with this kind of shit from SCO as long as we have. SCO is defiantly lining themselves up for a smack-down

Transcript of the discussions (1)

Rick Zeman (15628) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978222)

Sontag said there is a possibility that the first round of lawsuits could include U.K. companies, but it was likely to focus on companies maintaining large Linux deployments with whom SCOsource has already had "unsuccessful" discussions.

"Pay up."

"Go eff yourself."

"Waaaah."

This is Getting Really Predictable (4, Insightful)

TheWanderingHermit (513872) | more than 10 years ago | (#7978227)

SCO is just like the schoolyard bully that keeps pushing other kids around until someone hits him in the stomach and leaves him in pain. I was the kid who would never fight, but when one of these guys got to be too much and pushed me around, I fought them. I didn't even have to win. Once word got around that I (the kid who hated fighting) could even hold my own with them, their reputation as a bully was gone.

That's what SCO is doing. They're pushing everyone. When they don't get enough attention, they make more threats. They keep threating more and more people and companies. As long as they can rant and rave, their stock stays high, but once someone (like IBM, hopefully) and kicks them down a notch, it'll all be over.

They know they have nothing. They know the only thing keeping their stock high is the bluster and fuss they keep making. They're reaching out as wide as possible to bully the schoolyard, the neighborhood, and, soon, the whole world. When they reach the end of people they can threaten, they'll have to act. If they had the strength to act and actually do something, they would. Since they don't, they're Shakespeare's idiot, telling a tale full of sound and fury signifying nothing.
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