IBM files claim against SCO

— 1:03 PM on August 7, 2003

Just to make the SCO case more interesting, IBM has filed a counterclaim against SCO. At the heart of IBM's counterclaim is the fact that SCO released a version of Linux under the GPL, which IBM claims nullifies any claims to proprietary code. IBM is also arguing that SCO is violating four of IBM's patents.

Since companies or individuals are prohibited from seeking licensing fees for code released under the GPL, IBM would seem to have a slam dunk case. However, the GPL has yet to be tested in court, so there are no guarantees.

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