[ANSOL-geral]SCO-IBM Vs Timeline Inc-Microsoft : Better off with Linux -recortes-

Ricardo Jorge Godinho Nunes rjgn arroba netc.pt
Sat May 31 22:28:01 2003

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"Title 	   	SCO-IBM Vs Timeline Inc-Microsoft : Better off with Linux
Date 	   	2003.05.31 8:41
Author 	   	roblimo
Topic 	   	GNU/Linux

NZheretic writes, "If you are concerned over the treat of lawsuits over 
intellectual property then you are actually in a better legal position using 
GPL'ed Linux than using Microsoft's products.

While SCO has yet to provide any publicly available substantial evidence in 
their case against IBM and Linux, Timeline Inc has already won a US 
Washington Court of Appeal judgment against Microsoft in another contract 

Unlike companies like Oracle Corporation and others, Microsoft chose a cheaper 
option when licensing Timeline Inc's Data base technology. That license puts 
developers and users of Microsoft SQL Server,Office and other Microsoft 
product at risk of being sued by Timeline Inc for violation of Timeline Inc 

Microsoft's products do not provide users and developers an absolute safe 
haven from the threat from lawsuits based on violations of intellectual 
property. Microsoft's EULA provide the developer and end user with no 
protection against threat from current or future intellectual property 

"However, since the SCO Group has knowingly sold and distributed the GPL 
licensed Linux kernel and other components, it must by the terms of the GPL 
license, provide all those who receive the code from them an implicit license 
to use any intellectual property, patents or trade secrets which SCO owns and 
is used by the GPL'ed source code. That implicit license to that SCO 
intellectual property is also granted to anybody who subsequently receives 
the GPL source.

"The GPL only grants the right, for reasons of intellectual property 
infringement or contractual obligations, to stop distributing the GPL'e 
binaries and source code if the conditions are imposed upon you by a third 
party. Since SCO claims ownership the intellectual property in question, it 
must grant all subsequent recipients of the GPL licensed source code SCO has 
distributed and any GPL'ed derivative, the same implicit licence and right to 
SCO's intellectual property the code imposes upon.

"SCO has acknowledged deals with Suse and Lindows to distribute SCO's 
intellectual property in GPL'ed Linux, but the GPL license does not grant 
anyone or any organization the right to append extra terms and conditions 
upon the recipients of the GPL licensed source code.

"It is very easy to effectively fold the current development branches of the 
Linux kernel and any other GPL'ed code back into SCO's distributed GPL'ed 
sources. This would grant the same implicit license for the infringed SCO 
intellectual property to the all the current development.

"You are in a better legal position using the GPL'ed Linux platform and other 
GPL'ed software, than you are using Microsoft's or any other closed source 

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   1. "US Washington Court of Appeal judgment against Microsoft" - 
   2. "risk of being sued by Timeline Inc for violation of Timeline Inc 
patents" - http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/53/29419.html
   3. "it must by the terms of the GPL license" - 

Ricardo Jorge <FSOSS>
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