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Red Hat Sues SCO Over "Deceptive Actions" - Pledges $1M to Legal Fund

Red Hat Sues SCO Over "Deceptive Actions" - Pledges $1M to Legal Fund

(August 4, 2003) - Red Hat Inc. sued the SCO Group Inc. today, stating that the reason for the suit was "to demonstrate that Red Hat's technologies do not infringe any intellectual property of SCO and to hold SCO accountable for its unfair and deceptive actions."

"We filed this complaint to stop SCO from making unsubstantiated and untrue public statements attacking Red Hat Linux and the integrity of the Open Source software development process," said Mark Webbink, general counsel at Red Hat. "Red Hat is confident that its current and future customers will continue to realize the significant value that our Red Hat Linux platform provides without interruption."

Red Hat's lawsuit, filed in Delaware federal court, seeks a declaration that Red Hat is not violating SCO's intellectual property, and also seeks an injunction to bar SCO from making false claims damaging to the Linux business.

Red Hat also announced today the establishment of the Open Source Now Fund. The fund is intended to cover legal expenses associated with infringement claims brought against companies developing software under the GPL license and non-profit organizations supporting the efforts of companies developing software under a GPL license. Red Hat has pledged one million dollars to be provided as funding in this initiative.

"The collaborative process of Open Source software development which created the Linux operating system has been unjustly questioned and threatened," said Matthew Szulik, chairman and CEO of Red Hat. "In its role as industry leader, Red Hat has a responsibility to ensure the legal rights of users are protected."

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