Fun with SCO
Posted May 22, 2003 2:41 UTC (Thu) by torsten
Parent article: Fun with SCO
Can we separate SCO from the Canopy Group?
The Canopy Group bought Caldera. Caldera was once a player in the Linux distribution market, but they never kept up with features and development very well. Meanwhile, The Canopy Group used the Caldera DOS property to sue the socks off of Microsoft. There was an out-of-court settlement, and Microsoft took a one-time charge of $400 Million USD. This court resolution was a big hurrah for the anti-Microsoft crowd.
Has the Canopy Group Purchased SCO with similar intentions?
I don't get the feeling that The Canopy Group is really making a serious run at the UNIX market. I also wonder at what stage Microsoft entered the fray. A $10 million USD "license" of intellectual property is substantial, and a curious investment. There are several possibilities here.
- 1. Microsoft is purchasing insurance, since all versions of Windows contain code that is copyrighted by the "Regents of the University of California at Berkeley." i.e. SCO copyrighted sources.
- 2. Microsoft licensing purchase is an exchange for SCO's undermining of Linux.
- 3. Microsoft is turning their former enemy (Caldera/DOS/Canopy Group) into their friend, as in "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."
4. Microsoft had their hand in all this nonsense from the beginning, and this license is just the kickback/payoff.
One of the big questions I have is, am I allowed to implement the ideas in my head?
When I read text books, source code, papers, specifications, and other things, am I free to implement those ideas? I have never signed a document that says I will not implement my ideas, share the proceeds, or credit anyone. Do I owe a debt (of money or recognition) to the professors who taught and inspired my ideas, do they own a part of my Intellectual Property? Does SCO own a part of their Intellectual Property?
It seems with the concept of "Intellectual Property" that companies, like SCO, are claiming ownership of the implementation of ideas that people have learned from reading the original UNIX source code.
When I read GPL code, am I allowed to reimplement the concepts and ideas (without direct copying) into BSD or proprietary code? Can I, conversely, implement ideas I learned from reading UNIX code into Linux (again without copying any source)?
It also seems that SCO is claiming copyright infringement. Why is it, that SCO, unlike all other GPL proponents, do not give the infringer the opportunity to remove the copied portions of code (as is the courtesy of the open source crowd)?
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