December 16, 2003

SCO keeps disputed code secret

When the SCO Group finally lays its cards on the table in its upcoming lawsuit against IBM, the open-source community won't be given the opportunity
to see them.

IBM last week successfully persuaded the judge presiding over the case to give SCO 30 days to reveal the code that forms the basis for its $3bn
(£1.72bn) lawsuit against Big Blue for alleged copyright infringements. The judge originally placed no restrictions on public disclosure of the
disputed code, and it's understood IBM's filing insisted that the code be revealed publicly.

SCO has brought forward allegations that IBM illegally included its Unix System V code in freely distributed versions of Linux. On the strength of
those allegations, SCO has made further claims against commercial users of Linux kernel 2.4.x and later for license fees.



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