SCO filed lawsuit against companies that use Linux

Thanks process_this. SCO Chief Executive Darl McBride announced the plan Monday at the Software 2004 conference here, but he didn't identify the company beyond saying it would have a recognized name. SCO, which owns a disputed amount of Unix intellectual property and claims some of the code was improperly used in Linux, threatened in November to sue Linux users, although it missed a self-imposed mid-February deadline.

"We missed by a couple weeks. The first one won't show up until tomorrow," McBride said. After his speech he said the company has two potential targets. (Great, this is exactly what we need... :right: -Ed)

The first target will be a company that has a Unix license from SCO already, giving SCO some contractual leverage in the case. McBride said. In addition, the suit will involve copyright infringement claims.

"We've been in communication with them" about the license issue, McBride said. "Now it's time to move to the litigation part of the enforcement."

SCO is seeking to charge companies $699 per single-processor server to use Linux, which is closely related to Unix. Thus far, only a "handful" of companies have taken up SCO on the plan.

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