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Anyone reading this is likely aware of The SCO Group's claim to intellectual property (IP) rights in the Linux kernel. SCO hired legal guru David Boies (who prosecuted the government's case against Microsoft) and initiated a two-pronged litigation and marketing attack. To recap: in March 2003 SCO sued IBM for breach of its software agreements with SCO, misappropriation of SCO's trade secrets in Unix, and wrongful dissemination of those trade secrets via IBM's contributions to open source and Linux. In May, SCO wrote to 1,500 of the world's largest companies, asserting that Linux infringes SCO's IP rights and that end users may face legal liability from the use of Linux. In July, SCO registered for copyrights in its Unix-based systems, and in August announced the availability of a $699 per CPU system "license" for Linux end users "to cure the SCO IP infringement iss... (more)