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Re: Red-Handed SCO ?

[Please avoid posting messages that aren't about Debian development to
-devel. Moved to -curiosa, although -project or -legal would probably be
OK too.]

On Mon, Jun 16, 2003 at 11:44:41AM +0200, Jos? Luis Tall?n wrote:
> http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=9952
> OK, it's the inquirer....
> It it was proved to be true, shouldn't we *all* Linux users ( as well as 
> Stallman plus the FSF as a whole ) sue SCO for copyright infringement ???
> That could be *quite funny* <g> <g>

I can't see any basis for the Inquirer's claim that anyone with a copy
of Linux could sue. If SCO copied GPLed code into UnixWare, then the GPL
only requires them to provide the source to those to whom they
distribute object code or executable form, not to the whole world. (It
can't restrict those people from passing on the source either, but
that's another step further on.)

I'm not even sure that random UnixWare users could sue, although they
could certainly write to SCO asking for the source. I would expect the
litigants to be the copyright holders of misappropriated code.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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