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[News] Groklaw Archives Rip SCO to Pieces in Court

  • Subject: [News] Groklaw Archives Rip SCO to Pieces in Court
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 12:00:17 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Yet More Filings in Novell - Why SCO Wants No Mention of IBM or Groklaw -

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| Groklaw is hazardous, because all his statements are here, and of course most 
| of them were made in the context of filing its litigation against IBM. The 
| SEC filings are here on our SCO Financials page. The teleconferences are here 
| on our Transcripts page. There's just no telling what a juror might stumble 
| across. Like, say, in our Quote Database, where all the wild and now provably 
| untrue statements McBride made about owning System V copyrights that SCO said 
| it got under the 1995 APA are preserved for history. Oh, and all the 
| statements about Novell and how it had no right to say it owned the 
| copyrights. My, my. I agree. Groklaw is juror quicksand for SCO. If I were 
| SCO I would be worried that the same thing will happen in court that happened 
| in the court of public opinion. What I don't understand, unless this was 
| intended as FUD lawsuit, is why the SCO legal team let the SCO executives say 
| so much to the media in the first place.            


SCO's Attempt to Exclude Mention of IBM and Groklaw in the Novell Trial - all
as text



Groklaw: The Industry's Eyes in Court

,----[ Quote ]
| Did Groklaw really have an impact on those court cases? Naaah. The impact was 
| on the rest of us. That collection of documents gave SCO's suits a 
| transparency that's impossible to come by with most IT industry litigation.  


SCO Tried to Gag Groklaw in 2004

,----[ Quote ]
| So SCO tried to gag Groklaw beginning in 2004. It moved on to
| false insinuations to journalists, ugly innuendo during a conference
| about me and Groklaw, having friendly journalists with PIs try to
| dig up dirt on me, a massive astroturfing campaign all over the
| internet, and then finally to intimidation with their recent motion.
| Well, I'm gagging, all right, but not in a good way, and certainly
| not in the way SCO hoped.
| I will respond like this, seriously for a moment. This is America.
| I am an American citizen. I was born here, born to certain rights
| as my birthright. I'm allowed to cover this litigation without
| being harassed and intimidated or threatened or gagged. I'm
| allowed to present facts that disprove SCO's public allegations.
| I am allowed to write what I believe is the truth, and I'm 
| to present research about the allegations.


SCO CEO McBride Speaks Out On Novell, Finances, And Groklaw

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| InformationWeek: The Web site Groklaw has given you a pretty rough time over 
| the past few years. What effect has that had on your image? 
| McBride: I don't think you can discount the impact of Groklaw in trying to 
| create a bad image around us. It's the equivalent of a negative political ad 
| campaign. We used to counter everything Groklaw said. I thought it was my 
| responsibility to SCO stakeholders to have a counter reaction to all these 
| attacks. It turns out that doesn't work well in a courtroom setting. The 
| judges told us that, my attorneys told me that, so I decided to back off.     
| We just want to have a day in court. Though early on I admit to being more 
| engaged in the battle.  


If this is true SCO’s execs are in BIG trouble [Groklaw confirmed it's true.]

,----[ Quote ]
| SCO made a lot of claims during those press conferences, some of which never 
| made it to court and were quickly glossed over. At times it seemed like the 
| company was saying whatever it could while it had the chance. It’s no 
| coincidence that the public claims stopped once the legal nitty-gritty got 
| started.    


SCO Could Face Cash Crunch After Novell Trial

,----[ Quote ]
| The amount that SCO owes to Novell is now the primary focus of the case as it 
| moves toward a trial that's slated to start on Sept. 17. SCO's problem: It's 
| potentially on the hook for a sum that exceeds its total cash and assets.  


SCO Goes Bust in the Courtroom

,----[ Quote ]
| SCO essentially attempted a costly, time-consuming "Hail Mary" to score a big 
| payday. It might have better spent that time building products and getting 
| customers. What's more, it picked fights with big-name tech players who know 
| how to wage a court battle.   
| As of now, SCO's shares are trading at $0.51 apiece, and the company sports a 
| market cap of a measly $11.5 million. It's definitely a sobering example. 
| Foolish inventors looking at companies with similar strategies should realize 
| that they're more like lotteries than businesses.   


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