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SCO and the USL vs. BSDI Lawsuit
A SCO press release says: "As part of the expanded scope, the firm has been engaged to support SCO regarding issues relating to copyrighted UNIX code incorporated into Linux without authorization or appropriate copyright notices. Code that has been identified includes Unix System V code as well as copyrighted code included in the 1994 settlement between Unix Systems Laboratories, Inc. and Berkeley Software Design, Inc."
By Jeremy C. Reed
SCO announced this morning, that they are expanding its scope of what they consider as unauthorized use and exploitation of SCO's intellectual property. This includes code covered in the 1994 settlement between BSDI (Berkeley Software Design, Inc.) and Unix Systems Laboratories. SCO says they acquired this code and associated copyrights from Novell in 1995.
Maybe this means that SCO may extend its actions to include Apple's Mac OS X which is based on BSD, and FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD.
According to this posting to freebsd-hackers, FreeBSD and NetBSD were also involved in the settlement agreement.
The 1992 and 1993 USL vs. BSDI documents can be found at Dennis M. Ritchie's website at http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/who/dmr/bsdi/bsdisuit.html (and here).
An announcement from BSDI about the settlement in February 1994 can be found archived at Google.
In July, SCO's Darl McBride stated "We are not talking about BSD code."
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