March 26, 2004

German company clogs SCO's legal machine

A tiny German software company has thrown some sand in the gears of The SCO Group Inc.'s roaring legal machine.

As anyone interested in open-source software will know by now, SCO is claiming that its copyright-protected code was illegally copied into the Linux
operating system. The company has sued IBM Corp. alleging copyright infringement and breach of contract, and earlier this month sued two Linux users,
DaimlerChrysler AG and auto parts retailer AutoZone Inc., over their use of the open-source operating system.

But what some folks don't know is that Univention GmbH, a small startup software venture in Bremen, Germany, has successfully halted the Lindon, Utah,
company from making copyright infringement claims in the country -- Europe's largest open source market.


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