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Despite skepticism from several Linux supporters, Unix software maker SCO has reiterated its claims that the Linux kernel -- versions 2.4.x and later -- incorporates the company's own proprietary source code. SCO has called on Linux users to purchase licenses to avoid copyright infringement. Lindon, Utah-based SCO has been in a legal battle with IBM for the past four months, claiming that Linux contains Unix System V source code and calling Linux "an unauthorized derivative of Unix."
I'm not really all that hot on the subject of Intellectual Property, but I would have thought that the end users of the products would not really be able to be sued over this matter. Since most of them would be using a purchased distribution (such as Red Hat or Suse) it would be the distribution company that would be in violation of the copyrights as they are the ones making a profit on the code itself. Would anyone have an opinion on if this would be the case or not?
Truly sorry, because this is off-topic but is there any way to post a new thread? Because I've spent 30 mins trying to figure out how to create a new topic but the only way I get a chance to type anything to this forum is through replying...Something I missed?
SCO tries to get money from the simpletons by claiming that Linux users should pay a licence fee to them. Basically, this strategy is no different than those spammers from Africa, who are asking money to carry out huge financial transactions. Of course, SCO's claims are no only unfounded but illegal. Anyway, SCO directors have netted handsomely, the value of its shares is five times higher that four months ago.