[clug] Fw: Linux licence

Ian McCulloch ianmcc at lorentz.leidenuniv.nl
Wed Aug 27 18:57:25 EST 2003

On 27 Aug 2003, Conrad Canterford wrote:

> On Wed, 2003-08-27 at 12:02, Kim Holburn wrote: 
> > I would think that before SCO asks for licenses for linux they would
> > have to specify in detail what code in the linux kernel they think
> > they own.  Otherwise what right have they to say anything in linux
> > is theirs?
> No, its not illegal. If you refuse to pay up, then it falls on SCO to
> prove that you are using their code before they can get damages, but
> they do not need to prove anything to ask you to give them money. Now,
> if they continue to extort licence fees after a court has laughed them
> out the door, that's a different matter - that might be illegal.

Violation of the trade practices act?  If they get to the point of 
actually billing people it is surely illegal, obtaining money under 
false pretences or some such.


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