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SCO Denies It's Suit-Happy

SCO Denies It's Suit-Happy

According to some exuberant press reports the SCO Group is behaving like Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado and is running up "a little list" of recalcitrant Linux users and is getting ready to sue at least one of them because it won't pay SCO's Linux tax. SCO and its lawyer, however, say that's not true, but that the company's not afraid to sue if it comes to that. If users reject buying SCO licenses on the pretext of waiting for a legal ruling, then SCO will go ahead and seek an injunction. But nothing is imminent and the way things are progressing there may never be another piece of litigation in this affair, SCO CEO Darl McBride said in an interview. According to Mark Heise, one of SCO's attorneys, "At this juncture, the company is educating consumers and presenting information so that CIOs can make an informed decision on how they wish to proceed. The company's focus is to present a business solution. If that fails, then the company certainly has the right under copyright law to pursue end users in litigation. That path is a distant second to a business solution with end users." SCO spokesman Blake Stowell claimed he had yet to hear of a company that's refused to pay. McBride says companies are coming forward "unsolicited" and making inquiries. SCO entertained 25 Fortune 500s at SCO Forum, McBride said, and five of them are reportedly going to follow up with license discussions. McBride said SCO would be going after the "low-hanging fruit," an exercise that should occupy it for the rest of the year given the number of leads it has to process. No end-user lawsuits before then, he said. The company is running up a list of corporate Linux sites, McBride said, that SCO intends to contact about licenses. It's identified 15% of them so far, it thinks, and will have 40% in hand soon enough. IDC has awarded Linux 2.5 million servers. SCO is looking for them. If nothing else, it should be interesting to see how good IDC projections are.

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