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Judge rejects most of SCO suit against DaimlerChrysler...

by Blake Cook / July 21, 2004 7:20 PM PDT

SALT LAKE CITY -- A Michigan judge on Wednesday dismissed most parts of a lawsuit that sought to force auto giant DaimlerChrysler to comply with copyright laws and software agreements with a Utah-based software company.

The suit was filed in March by The SCO Group, a Lindon, Utah-based that has sued numerous major companies over alleged abuses of proprietary claims for Unix software code used in the Linux operating system.



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SCO will soon be a footnote in history.
by James Denison / July 22, 2004 12:48 PM PDT

Not even Microsoft is going to help them again, I think that can safely be assumed after their recent stock sharing of profits. Below are current stats on SCO group. Notice I took this reading after closing and it shows the last trade anyone did on them was 33 minutes before close. Not good. Even in Real-Time Market/ECN After Hours trading, no activity. Look at their 52 week range. They are scraping bottom right now, only have 65M capitalization. Notice their earnings per share,it's a (-25%) approximately, compared to their share price. They are bleeding bad. They are dying,... dying,... and soon gone while other companies pick up the pieces. Only a miracle will pull them out of this, and they have no goodwill or friends among the Linux/Unix crowd.

Last Trade: 4.25
Trade Time: 3:57PM ET
Change: Down 0.38 (8.21%)
Prev Close: 4.63
Open: 4.40
Bid: 0.01 x 100
Ask: 9,000.00 x 100
1y Target Est: 5.00
Day's Range: 4.16 - 4.50
52wk Range: 4.14 - 22.29
Volume: 205,225
Avg Vol (3m): 210,363
Market Cap: 65.17M
P/E (ttm): N/A
EPS (ttm): -1.15
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CNET headliner --> SCO: No plans for new lawsuits
by James Denison / August 4, 2004 7:39 AM PDT
What they really mean is no new MONEY for more lawsuits. They'll do good if they manage to fund the ones they still hope to pursue. Their stock price is crap, their revenue is worse, although by some miracle they did jump 1.57% in stock value, or another way of looking at it is their stock increased in value by 7 cents per share. Oh yeah, like THAT's gonna bail them out of this downward spiral their legal attacks have placed them in. Last October they were over $22 a share, now below $5 a share. The Book Value is dismal, under 21 cents per share, that's how much they are actually worth. Will it be long before we see their symbol become SCOX.PK for a company filed for bankruptcy? Admittedly they've got a bit of cash still, but they are killing themselves with the court costs. Even with a 23% growth in revenue, they are bleeding money with a -1.15 per share. Two more years of that or even less and their shareholders will be screaming to the SEC to bring their torture of losses to an end. I'm guessing their shareholders are so demoralized right now they have a "hope like hell" that ANYTHING might come from the suit against IBM and Novell. I think it's a crap shoot, the investors should try and pull the plug on this right now.


SCO: No plans for new lawsuits
CNET News.com
August 4, 2004, 8:36 AM PT

The SCO Group has no immediate plans to file additional lawsuits in a campaign to exert its control over Unix intellectual property used in Linux.

Chief Executive Darl McBride is telling the software maker's partners that he is satisfied with the list of cases already pending in various courts, company spokesman Blake Stowell confirmed Wednesday.

"Our strategy right now is to focus all of our legal resources on the current litigation with IBM, Novell and AutoZone," Stowell said in an e-mail. "The outcome of these cases will set a precedent for how we will proceed with any future litigation."

.... in late July, SCO saw its chances against at least one of the defendants reduced, when a Michigan court granted most of DaimlerChrysler's motion to dismiss its case. Intellectual-property attorneys have said the ruling does not necessarily set a precedent but that it could make it harder for SCO to pursue its overall campaign against Linux.

In addition, SCO's suits against AutoZone and Red Hat have been stayed, or partially stayed, pending results from the IBM and Novell cases. If the company were to file additional suits, it could face similar rulings.

McBride has been emphasizing SCO's products at the conference, rather than its litigation, amid the company's struggle to remain financially viable as it wages its court battles.
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SCO finds "smoking gun" against IBM? Worth Millions.
by James Denison / August 5, 2004 1:32 AM PDT

Is this really anything they can sink their legal teeth into, or just another puff of smoke from a dying dragon?

LINK to Forbes online

The nasty legal battle between SCO Group and IBM may soon grow wider, as SCO executives have dropped a new bombshell.

In private interviews during their annual user conference in Las Vegas this week, SCO (nasdaq: SCOX) executives said they have discovered that IBM (nyse: IBM) lacks proper licenses for its Unix-based AIX operating system, heart of a multibillion-dollar business for IBM.

SCO alleges that since 2001, AIX has contained code for which IBM does not have a license. Moreover SCO claims to have found internal IBM e-mails in which IBMers acknowledge this shortcoming.

SCO says it discovered the e-mails in a mountain of documents IBM produced in discovery related to SCO's lawsuit against IBM over the Linux operating system....

....How big a deal is this? IBM last year took in $4.5 billion in revenue from PowerPC-based servers running AIX, says market researcher IDC. Revenue from AIX alone is $180 million, IDC reckons.

McBride says beefing up AIX with SVR4 code enabled IBM to compete more effectively with Sun Microsystems (nasdaq: SUNW), whose Solaris operating system was based on the more advanced SVR4 code. SCO says that unlike IBM, Sun paid for the right to use SVR4--roughly $100 million in license fees.

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