SCO goes after BSD?

Arjan van Leeuwen avleeuwen at
Thu Nov 20 09:22:57 PST 2003

There's more information on this at Enterprise Linux:

Seems like we will have to wait until at least 2004 to hear what SCO has to 
say :).

--Start relevant quotes--
Second, SCO has said it will broaden its copyright protection efforts to 
include "copyrighted code included in the 1994 settlement between Unix 
Systems Laboratories and Berkeley Software Design (BSD)." SCO has said it 
does not expect to file any BSD-related lawsuits until the first half of 


BSD Gets Involved 

Enlarging the scope of its legal battle to include BSD, SCO says it now is 
comparing code awarded in a 1994 settlement involving that company. 

"As part of the settlement agreement that took place between BSD and AT&T 
(NYSE: T)  and Novell, there were certain files that had to have the 
copyright attribution put back in," Stowell said. 

"Copyright attribution has been stripped away from certain code, and we're 
seeing that same situation taking place with Linux with those same exact BSD 
files," he said. "Those files have gone back into Linux, and the copyright 
attribution has been stripped away." Those BSD files must have their 
copyright attribution restored, Stowell said. 

Additionally, "there were Unix System V files within BSD that were not 
supposed to be there, and those files had to be removed from BSD," he said. 
"And we're claiming those files that were supposed to have been removed from 
BSD have made their way into Linux." 

"Some of the BSD code likely made its way into Linux," said Aberdeen Group 
analyst Bill Claybrook, "and probably -- almost assuredly -- made its way 
into [Unix] System V." However, he told NewsFactor, "You couldn't argue that 
just because [BSD] files went into System V, it was derived code."
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