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Monday, September 15, 2003

SCO's Quarterly Report is Online

SCO's new 10Q has been filed with the SEC, so dig in, everyone.
comment [] 8:13:15 PM    

Darl Had Legal Begin Review of IP
Within Weeks of Becoming CEO

According to this article, dated August 28, 2002, Darl's didn't first think about legally pressing their IP claims long after they had their stock plan in place. It was virtually his first task on becoming CEO:

"The then-Caldera legal team was appointed the task of coming up with a review of the history of Caldera's intellectual properties and their status. The review turned up a stack of license agreements that had gone uncollected for years. To date (remember, McBride has been on board as CEO for only a few weeks), Caldera has already come to agreements with holders of these old licenses that will generate $600,000 in recurring revenue.

"The intellectual property fishing expedition has provided The SCO Group with the legal due diligence to now lay claim to UNIX itself. According to Opinder Bawa, new Senior VP of Technology, 'we own the source to UNIX; it's that simple. If we own the source, we are entitled to collect the agreed license fees.'"

It now appears, then that Bawa was not an uninvolved party who left in disgust. Rather, he appears to have been in support of the steps SCO was then taking. The timing issue is significant, namely that they already had approached and gotten monies from companies to the tune of $600,000. How does this match the millions for the two MS and Sun licenses? I don't know, but I hope someone finds out during the trial. The article also says that back then, McBride understood that Linux is not UNIX:

"To my fellow folk in the Linux community, you need not fear. I specifically asked if, in making that broad a statement about UNIX, The SCO Group was making any legal claim to Linux. According to McBride, 'obviously Linux owes its heritage to UNIX, but not its code. We would not, nor will not, make such a claim.'"

Of course, his word meant nothing, but his claim against Linux, judging by the SCOForum code fiasco, seems to be just as valueless as his promises turned out to be.

If you are interested in SCO's inhouse attorney, Ryan E. Tibbits, here's an article he wrote. He was involved, it turns out, in the Caldera, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp. case. He says winning a legal fight depends on careful review of documents. Hmm. I hope he's absolutely correct.

The new site is here.
comment [] 7:25:56 PM    

Groklaw's New Website Invites You to Visit and Look Around

Well, we finally did it. By we, I mean mainly Mathfox, who has tirelessly and patiently put up with all my requests and actually implemented them, along with some very kind design help from Frank Sorenson and Bob Hahn, who is a php whiz, and who made it look like this site for me, with kind permission of Bryan Bell, the designer of the Woodlands theme. And this is the time to say thank you to New Objectivity, for graciously hosting Groklaw. All volunteered to help. And I actually had even more step forward and offer, but we had enough by then. Thank you all for your kindness and generosity. The community is wonderful. SCO should try it sometime.

Feel free to look around and look for bugs. You can expect a few opening day issues, but it works fine for us, except for one little design thingee and we need to bring a couple of recent articles over. Let us know about glitches, bugs, etc. This blog will remain here too, but I'd like it if we could move commenting over to the other home once we are sure we've ironed out any kinks, and I think you'll like it better there too. So, it is. There is more than one theme, in case you are sick of this one. And if anyone wants to design more, feel free to submit for consideration. You can submit stories too, but I hope you'll continue to post them as comments as well. Your comments are a large part of Groklaw's value. I hope you enjoy the new site.

comment [] 7:15:47 AM    

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