SCO gets 30 days to disclose facts

SAN FRANCISCO (12/08/2003) - The SCO Group Inc. is about to find out just how prudent it was to claim that "million lines of code" in Linux are there because IBM illegally put them there in breach of SCO's intellectual property rights.

The U.S. federal court judge in the case has ordered that SCO, as plaintiff in the case, identifies within 30 days "all source code and other material in Linux ... to which plaintiff (SCO) has rights."

The magistrate in the case, Brooke C. Wells, said that according to IBM Corp. interrogatories 12 and 13, SCO also must describe exactly how SCO believes IBM infringed these rights.

The saying about the law being an ass may about to be replaced by three other letters: will it be IBM or will it be SCO? We'll know once and for all -- just 30 days from Wednesday.

Many pundits are predicting it will be a Happy New Year for Linux. Including IBM's spokesperson, Trink Guarino, who declared:

"We are very pleased the court has indicated it will compel SCO to finally back up its claims instead of relying on marketplace FUD."

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