May 22, 2004

Suits over Linux tests muddy backwater of copyright law

SALT LAKE CITY â When Utah technology executive Darl McBride sniffs Linux, the free computer operating system, he picks up a scent of Unix, a long-established business system he maintains made Linux sturdy and reliable.

McBride is chief executive of The SCO Group, which acquired rights to Unix through a series of corporate acquisitions and mergers. SCO sued IBM for dumping allegedly confidential Unix code into Linux and sued DaimlerChrysler and AutoZone for deploying Linux systems without an SCO license.

Link: USA Today

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