As reported by CNet yesterday, SCO has announced that it has filed subpoenas in the U.S. District Court in Utah for Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman, among others. In that story, SCO spokesman Blake Stowell was quoted as saying he didn't know what was in them, but that he knew some had been served.
After hearing the news, we checked with Linus to see if he had been served. As of approximately 5 PM PST, he had not been served. Several hours later, however, Linus sent NewsForge an email which said:
Ok, just an update - I got a subpoena later in the evening. I guess I should try to find a lawyer now, dammit.
We asked Linus this morning to tell us (if he could) what the subpoena asks of him. He replied:
I really don't see any reason why I couldn't say what they ask for, but quite frankly, this is the first time I've ever been served legal papers (Ahem. Unless you count speeding tickets ;), so I want to check it out with a lawyer first.
SCO's latest legal moves seem to be a direct reaction to a flurry of subpoenas recently filed by IBM for analysts and investors who have publically supported SCOs thus far unsubstantiated charges against IBM.