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SCO Unveils Intellectual Property License for Linux

SCO Unveils Intellectual Property License for Linux

The SCO Group has released details of its plan to sell its Intellectual Property License for Linux. The introductory license price will be $699 for a single CPU system,  through October 15th, 2003. After that date, the price will double. The run-time license permits the use of SCO's intellectual property, in binary form only, as contained in Linux distributions. By purchasing a SCO Intellectual Property License, customers avoid infringement of SCO's intellectual property rights in Linux 2.4 and Linux 2.5 kernels. Because the SCO license authorizes run-time use only, customers also comply with the General Public License, under which Linux is distributed.

"We have identified numerous files of unlicensed UNIX System V code and UNIX System V derivative code in the Linux 2.4 and 2.5 kernels," said Chris Sontag, senior vice president and general manager of SCOsource, the intellectual property licensing division of SCO. "We believe it is necessary for Linux customers to properly license SCO's IP if they are running Linux 2.4 kernel and later versions for commercial purposes. The license insures that customers can continue their use of binary deployments of Linux without violating SCO's intellectual property rights."

Beginning this week, SCO will start meeting with commercial Linux customers to present the details of this right to use SCO intellectual property binary licensing program. Pricing for multiple CPU systems, single CPU add-ons, desktop systems and embedded systems will be available on SCO's Web site.

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