[Talk] SCO position, rationale and AUUG

Luigi Cantoni lui at fgcint.com
Fri May 23 14:37:46 EST 2003

This certainly has been a great history lession.

I agree with Enno just a general statement of support and that people
(organisations) should have nothing to fear.

Maybe something like because it is open and all code can be seen then
anyone can easily point to the exact piece and say it is mine. Until
that is done and proven there is no problem.

I assume that no one has actually said these 100's of lines of code
right here are the ones copied from what xxx had.

Luigi Cantoni

On Fri, 2003-05-23 at 10:42, Enno Davids wrote:
> Hey guys,
> I've been watching this debate with interest and while I have no concerns
> about any of our groups expressing support or taking other advocacy roles,
> it seems to me we're not well placed to put our hands on our hearts and
> say that the allegations are untrue. (Especially absent any real details
> or concrete examples of where code 're-use' is alleged to have occurred.)
> Its especially hard to for us to credibly suggest that no one who ever
> worked on Linux ever had access to or made reference to the UNIX sources
> whilst they were making some improvement to the Linux kernel. Its
> extraordinarily unlikely, given the general attitudes of the Linux developer
> community, but we can't prove it never happened. (The old proving a negative
> thing I guess...)
> Given this I would have thought that the best we could do is to issue
> statements of support, note that the processes and opinions were such that
> it is unlikely that any such breaches occurred and perhaps express a
> generic view that we don't condone the unauthorised use of the intellectual
> property. (aka. sieze the moral high ground...)
> Enno.
> (It also seems to me that IBM in particular are masters at finding things
> that people who sue them are doing that infringe on some portion of their
> large patent portfolio and quite comfortable at using this to make law suits
> disappear in out of court cross-licensing 'partnerships'... I expect this
> case to go away with no other effect than Caldera/SCO having flushed a lot
> of money down that toilet labelled legal expenses.)
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