December 5, 2003

More SCO fud, this time insulting the constitution

I apologize for the silence, but we've been in Japan this week announcing iCommons in Japan. (More on that soon). But after reading this
extraordinary document by Darl McBride of SCO infamy, I could resist canceling this morning meetings to respond.

From the start of this pathetic lawsuit, Eben Moglen of the Free Software Foundation has argued that there was nothing behind the SCO claims. His
arguments are persuasive. But if you want a clue of just how clueless this case is, consider the constitutional arguments made by SCO.

McBride's argument is grounded in the Constitution. (Well, close to the constitution. He quotes the text of the constitution to be:

Congress shall have Power [t]o promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, open-source advocates argue against copyright and patent laws, and
whatever measures they take to by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and

Actually, the framers didn't say anything about "open source advocates.")


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