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

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.

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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?

Topic: Open Source

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  • Ali then - Ali now

    To futher this analogy - SCO is making the transition from young Ali to old Ali. NOT a pretty sight . . .
    Roger Ramjet
    • Ali comparison

      I think you're giving SCO far too much credit by comparing them to Ali at all. If anything, it would be more appropriate to compare SCO to a professional wrestler rather than Muhammad Ali. All of Darl McBride's bluster at the start of SCO's suit reminded me of nothing so much as the ranting that professional wrestlers do about their opponents before a match. SCO's problem is that they stepped into a ring with heavyweight that could go the distance.
      Zonker_z
  • I'm wondering...

    would the companies who've paid fees to SCO sue to get those fees back if SCO loses this case?
    tldwg04011