December 5, 2003

SCO, IBM Dispute Headed for Hearing

A federal court judge is expected to hear arguments Friday in SCO Group's (Quote, Chart) contract dispute over whether IBM (Quote, Chart) allegedly
breached a contract with the company by contributing unauthorized portions of Unix-based (define) AIX code to the open source movement.

SCO claims that, as a result, Linux is an unauthorized derivative of its UNIX intellectual property.

On Friday in SCO's home state of Utah, U.S. District Court Judge Brooke Wells is expected to hear from lawyers representing SCO and IBM, each with
motions to compel the other side to provide more information for discovery.

The hearing could help move along the eight-month-old dispute that has roiled the open source movement over which copyrights were allegedly violated
and distributed for free in the Linux kernel.

Link: internetnews.com

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