Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 18th Nov 2003 20:33 UTC, submitted by Alex Alvarez
SCO, Caldera, Unixware "Since they cannot show infringement of SCO Unix code, SCO now plans to challenge the 9-year-old settlement between AT&T and BSD. If it can successfully do that, then its claims that Linux contains tainted code can be substantiated. If it can't, SCO is dead meat." Says NewsForge. *Updated*
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RE:Sad Day
by Archie Steel on Thu 20th Nov 2003 03:51 UTC

Actually, I don't see how a end-user could be guilty of copyright infringement. As the name implies, copyright concerns itself with the act of copying, not of owning or using. You cannot be held liable of copyright infringement for using something - you can, however, be liable of infringement if you made (and distributed) copies of something without the copyright holder's permission.

Incidentally, that's why the RIAA is targeting those who illegally share songs, not those who download them. The act of downloading is not in itself illegal, but the act of making illegal copies available (in essence, distributing them) is copyright infringement.

Boies has a reputation, well-deserved up to this point, of being one of the top lawyers in the U.S.

Well-deserved? I don't know about that. He did lose the Gore case, and even though he was successful against Microsoft, that didn't amount to much in the end. Also, he now risks sanctions from the Florida Bar over an ethics violation.

I think Boies and al. saw a great opportunity to make lots of money by getting paid a hefty sum by SCO, plus receiving lots of share which they'll be able to sell before the whole thing collapses.

In other words, they're vultures about to feast on SCO's force-fed carcass. IMO, of course - don't sue me for libel! :-)