Good Morning Silicon Valley
Published: Thursday August 19, 2004
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Hoist by their own petard!
Let it never be said that IBM's legal team lacks a sense
of humor. On August 16, Big Blue filed another motion
for partial summary judgment against SCO, this one for
copyright infringement. In that motion IBM, which stands
accused of misappropriating SCO's Unix source code,
claims SCO copied hundreds of thousands of lines of IBM
code and, because it has renounced the GNU Public License
under which that code is distributed, did so illegally.
"SCO has literally copied more than 783,000 lines of code
from sixteen packages of IBM's copyrighted material,"
IBM's motion reads. "As a result of SCO's copying and
distribution of IBM's code, SCO has unlawfully exercised
IBM's rights to its works, and therefore infringed IBM's
copyrights. Although IBM's contributions to Linux are
copyrighted, they are permitted to be copied, modified and
distributed by others under the terms of the GNU General
Public License ("GPL") or the GNU Lesser General Public
License ("LGPL") (collectively, the "GPL"). However,
SCO has renounced, disclaimed and breached the GPL and
therefore the GPL does not give SCO permission or a
license to copy and distribute IBM's copyrighted works."
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Insert snide Microsoft security remark here
The Windows XP Service Pack 2 hasn't even been available
for a full two weeks and already we're hearing reports
of vulnerabilities. First there were the ZoneID flaws
reported by Heise. As some observers and even Microsoft
itself have noted, these flaws are not only minor, but
affect other operating systems and browsers as well.
Nothing to worry about really. But another flaw, reported
on some security mailing lists might be more cause for
concern. Certainly it's one more good reason to dump
Internet Explorer for FireFox.
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Good Morning Silicon Valley is written and edited with
the able assistance of John Murrell.
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