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SCO's Digital Fingerprints Lead to Bank of America

SCO's Digital Fingerprints Lead to Bank of America

News.com says it saw a Word document of SCO's lawsuit against DaimlerChrysler - the rest of us have PDF versions - that indicated SCO originally intended to sue the Bank of America, an IBM AIX account, but changed its mind for some reason or another on February 18 at 11:10 am when the carmaker was substituted.

Using features in Word that track changes to documents, who made them and when they were made, somebody uncovered metadata showing that the bank was SCO's original target and that, unlike DaimlerChrysler, it was going to be sued for copyright infringement and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

SCO sued AutoZone for copyright infringement but not DMCA violations.

SCO had nothing to say, CNET said.

The BofA suit reportedly said Linux Torvalds had copied SCO's code into Linux.

SCO also itemized its damages at between $2,500 and $25,000 for every Linux copy BofA had.

Sources have told us that SCO's targets have been changing with some regularity.

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Fecal Extrusion 03/05/04 01:53:02 PM EST

Hey Darl McBride,
(...yeah, like you'd be reading this...)

I hear the US ARMY, AIRFORCE, NAVY, MARINES, COAST GUARD,
and the US Government not to mention some branches of the
US court system all use Linux. Are you gonna sue them
all too???

Hmmm... let's see 600million instances of Linux
running around the world (conservative but wild guess
remember, you are charging PER PROCESSOR ...think of
all the 'cluster' farms there are).

(THAT) x $699 = a holy crap whopping $419 BILLION to
collect from the rest of the world. I certainly can see
your motivation (...and I guess the lawyers too).

I just don't see it. SCO becomes larger than Microsoft
overnight.

I made a reservation for you at the Betty Ford clinic!
And if the Judge rules in your favour, then SHE should
take your place.