E-Commerce Times Talkback
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The SCO Group has accused Novell of libel, claiming Novell interfered in bad faith with SCO's Unix copyrights. SCO's lawyers filed the lawsuit in state court in Utah, where both companies' headquarters are located. "SCO is trying this case in the press with masterful precision," Ted Schadler, vice president of software research at Forrester, told the E-Commerce Times. "They time their announcements for maximum press exposure, and they tackle the entrenched powers where they believe they're weakest."
She has to be the least clued in "Analyst" out there, yet she is constantly quoted as a source by these illresearched articles. For the record, _CALDARA_ did not cut a deal with Novell in the mid 90's, SCO did. Caldara then bought a large part of SCO and renamed itself SCO Group. It was not a party to the origenal arrangements but rather bought the contract later. Whether or not they actually own the copyrights is of public record, they don't. I expect Novell to hotly contest this, spreading SCO's thin resources even thinner. They can only fight a legal battle on so many fronts before they founder.
The Santa Cruz Operation ("Old SCO": now Tarantella) did. Caldera (now trading as the SCO Group) paid Old SCO a lot less.
Laura DiDio appears at best a little slap-dash when it comes to fact checking and critical thinking.
Ms. DiDio seems awfully uninformed to be acting like an authority on this subject. As anyone can verify for themselves, Caldera did not buy anything from Novell in 1995, let alone for over $100M. The Santa Cruz Operation bought the UnixWare business from Novell. In 1995 Caldera was a year-old, privately held startup, and did not have the cash or stature to be involved in such a transaction. Later on, Caldera bought the UnixWare business from the Santa Cruz Operation for somewhat over $50M in cash and stock. Much later still, Caldera changed its name to SCO Group.
DiDio's statement is noteworthy for cramming so many misstatements into so few words. Shame on her for pontificating on subjects which she obvously knows precious little about.
Ms. DiDio didn't check her facts very carefully before offering her opinion:
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"My opinion is that, on the surface, the executives at Caldera (which originally bought the Unix System V copyrights in 1995 from Novell and were all ex-Novell executives) would have had to have been extremely stupid or crazy to pay in excess of $100 million and not get the copyrights," DiDio said.
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Caldera didn't purchase Unix System V copyrights from Novell. An entirely different company, The Santa Cruz Operation, purchased the UnixWare business from Novell to supplement its own OpenServer Unix platform. The Santa Cruz Operation sold its Unix business and access to its VAR pipeline to Caldera Intl in 2001.
There wasn't a cadre of ex-Novell executives involved with The Santa Cruz Operation's purchase of UnixWare from Novell.
Not only did Caldera NOT pay million for the Unix "properties", but they didn't buy these "properties" from Novell.
Rather, Caldera paid about 1/3 of that price to The Santa Cruz Organization (original SCO). Original SCO paid million to Novell for some pieces of Unix - namely a licensing business and for UnixWare.
Of course, original SCO then became Tarantella, Inc. and Caldera, despite still being Caldera on the charter it operates under, is now d/b/a as "The SCO Group".
This confusion appears to be widespread - much to the delight of Darl and Co.
Not a copyright "expert" indeed!