[clug] Time to contact the ACCC

Steven Hanley sjh at wibble.net
Tue Aug 19 12:16:52 EST 2003

On Tue, Aug 19, 2003 at 12:12:40PM +1000, James McNeill wrote:
> I don't see what the ACCC can do.
> SCO is in the US. SCOs court case(s) are in the US too.
> the 'A' in ACCC stands for 'Australian'. SCO Headquarters will freeze 
> over before they *voluntarily* abide by Australian consumer laws. Unless 
> SCO has an australian entity, the ACCC can do very little.
> The only thing they could do would be to protect australian companys & 
> individuals from SCO, if SCO sued them over breach of software licence.  
> For that to happen SCO would need to prove their case in an australian 
> court, which won't happen untill they've done it in an US court, which 
> won't happen.
> As frustrating as it is, i can see very little that we can do directly 
> aginst SCO. I doubt very much that the australian market holds any sort 
> of sway with the SCO administration.

That holds sway, except when they send cease anddesist sort of letters to
australian owned and run companies, which I imagine they have done.
Companies receiving letters from them would I imagine have some avenue to
say this is complete bullshit, one avenue may simply be the companies
learning that it has no affect on them as they are not US companies, I am
not sure and IANAL.

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