Sunday, May 02, 2004

GNU is all good - SCO.

Good news for Linux and the entire open source movement:

In The SCO Group Inc.'s latest U.S. District Court filing as it battles IBM over Linux, the company is no longer using the affirmative defense that the GNU General Public License (GPL) is unconstitutional.

The general concensus was that the GNU claims were a crock.

Many lawyers, such as Tom Carey, a partner at Bromberg & Sunstein LLP, a Boston intellectual property law firm, have said they found SCO's assertion that the GPL is unconstitutional to be "rubbish."
"They're removing a silly claim from their lawsuit and retreating to claims that they have a hope of making in court," Perens said. "If they leave silly stuff in the case, they're more likely to become a victim of a summary judgment and not get their side heard at all."

If you already know about the case, Groklaw is the place to keep up to date. If you need the background, look here, or here.

Via Corante, article here.


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