SCO quits German Linux group on Unix proof

The SCO Group has resigned its membership in a German Linux association after the group asked the company to provide more information about its recent claims that some of its Unix code has illegally made its way into Linux.

SCO said it resigned from LIVE Linux-Verband eV, a Dusseldorf-based association that promotes the interests of Linux users and software developers in Germany, after the group notified the company in a recent letter that it might revoke the membership of SCO's German subsidiary, SCO Group GmbH.

"We sent in a letter of resignation," country manager and managing director at SCO Group GmbH, Hans Bayer, said.

In the group's letter to SCO, LIVE requested that SCO Group GmbH prove claims that developers and users of the open-source Linux operating system were violating the company's intellectual property rights, the association said.

Last week, SCO warned commercial Linux users they may be liable for intellectual property violations that it alleged existed in the Linux source code.

The company also said it would suspend its Linux sales until the matter is resolved.

In March, SCO filed a $US1 billion lawsuit against IBM for allegedly misusing Unix code, including misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract obligations, to bolster its Linux efforts.

The German Linux association said that its members were particularly annoyed by letters that SCO sent to users warning them that they could be liable for intellectual property violations.

At its June 5 meeting, the German group will decide whether to keep SCO as a member.

John Blau from IDG News Service Germany contributed to this report.

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