Re: Source licensing

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Mon May 10 2004 - 12:28:27 CDT

> This is why Richard Stallman was much more careful about accepting
> software from contributors and ensuring that he got license agreements
> for all contributions from contributors and their employers.
> Unfortunately, Linus Torvalds was not anywhere near so careful, hence
> the legal fight with SCO.

No, no, no, no, no!!!

There has never been even ONE line of code improperly included in
Linux, nor has there ever been a shred of evidence in support of such a
claim. Torvalds is FAR more careful in source code control than ANY
proprietary company I've ever heard of. Moreover, SCO dropped the
copyright element of its claim against IBM, once it was no longer able
to chicane the court's demand for *evidence*.

Also, NONE of SCO's other court cases have any relation to Linux;
they've merely tried to insinuate such a connection in press statements
to promote FUD. The cases against DaimlerChrysler and AutoZone, while
also almost certainly baseless, don't even involve Linux code even if
SCO is right. Instead, their claim is that Daimler and AutoZone used
SCO code outside the license terms--not in Linux, but in internal
applications (applications that now happen to run over a Linux kernel).

The reason there is a legal fight involving SCO is because Microsoft is
willing to funnel tens of millions of dollars to support SCO lawyers.
Nobody who knows anything about the case thinks it has any chance of
success. Even pro-corporate publications like _Fortune_ have come
around to this fact. A few million for barratry and champerty is a
cheap price (for Microsoft) to spread the FUD that Linux is
"suspect"... even into the minds of many who should know better, such
as Arthur.

Before promulgating lies put out by SCO, please read Groklaw.net for a
while. Let's not spread this FUD on this list.
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