[Linux-aus] More from LinuxTag
chris at csamuel.org
Sun Jun 8 19:38:02 UTC 2003
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It would appear that there have been not one, but two court appearances
regarding SCO's behaviour, the first that provided the original court order
against SCO after the initial legal document to put up or shut up, and the
second when SCO's website reappeared with the offending document still there.
To quote the LinuxTag press release of 6th June from:
NB: The page referenced on the SCO website is now 404.
English Version: Prohibited Claims by SCO -- Plaintiffs Raise Contempt Charges
In spite of the interlocutory injunctions issued by district courts in Bremen
and Munich, a German SCO web site still displays the prohibited statement
that Linux contains illegally obtained SCO property.
"For them to ignore the court orders is outrageous. Evidently they intend to
continue their strategy of intimidating GNU/Linux users and the Linux
community," said Michael Kleinhenz, spokesman for the LinuxTag association,
about the behavior of SCO's German subsidiary.
After a first injunction against SCO had been obtained by the system supplier
univention GmbH in Bremen on May 28th, 2003, the software and consulting
company tarent GmbH obtained another injunction in Munich's first district
court on June 5 in spite of a caveat filed by SCO.
"The Munich I district court determined that SCO had not plausibly
demonstrated that the Linux kernel violates SCO's rights," said attorney Dr.
Till Jaeger of the firm of Jaschinski Biere Brexl, which represents tarent
GmbH in this matter. Because SCO continued to publish the disputed claims,
tarent GmbH requested that the company be fined. "We can't simply allow them
to confuse GNU/Linux users, causing damage to Linux businesses," said
tarent's Managing Director, Elmar Geese. "We hope our initial success will
help to demonstrate that Linux can be used dependably. As a company that
profits from Free Software, we feel it is our duty to take action against
Klaus Knopper, developer of the GNU/Linux distribution Knoppix, criticized the
strategy behind SCO's claims: "What kind of respect is SCO showing for the
intellectual property of the many Linux developers who have worked to develop
an operating system that is free and open to all -- on which SCO's own Linux
distribution was based, by the way? You can read on the SCO website that they
have used and continue to use other GPL software in their products," Knopper
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