SCO-IBM judge floats like butterfly, almost stings like bee

Summary:Had U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball swung just slightly to the left, SCO could very well have been lying on the canvas with IBM sauntering back to its corner.

Had U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball swung just slightly to the left, SCO could very well have been lying on the canvas with IBM sauntering back to its corner. Said an attorney interviewed by News.com's Stephen Shankland:

Based on the scathing language of the ruling, it appears that SCO just barely dodged a possible knockout punch in this round.....There's very little that can be more disastrous to your case than an angry federal judge.

Judging by the number of Talkbacks on Shankland's story, its safe to say that the open source hornets are swarming. But here's the bigger picture question. The intellectual property legal eagles at predominantly proprietary software companies must be watching this case for precedents like a hawk. If SCO has its lights knocked out, will it make other copyright or patent holders less trigger happy when it comes to pursuing open source-related infringement suits? Will all this business about indemnification turn out to be much ado about nothing?

Topics: Open Source

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David Berlind was fomerly the executive editor of ZDNet. David holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems. Prior to becoming a tech journalist in 1991, David was an IT manager.

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