Legal Issues

Judge won't delay suit between SCO

A federal judge has refused a motion to postpone proceedings in the SCO Group's lawsuit against Novell until after next year's separate SCO-IBM trial concludes.

However, U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball did grant SCO additional time to respond to Novell's motion for dismissal, giving the Lindon software company until Dec. 11 to file arguments that its "slander of title" complaint be saved.

Dumb And Dumber

The SCO Group v. IBM lawsuit is starting to remind me of the chorus from my favorite Robert Earl Keen tune: "The road goes on forever, and the party never ends."

Seems like this case will never, ever grind to a conclusion. And not a month goes by without something weird or pathetic or inadvertently hilarious happening.

Microsoft denies BayStar connection

Microsoft has denied allegations that it offered to guarantee an investment made in The SCO Group, a software company embroiled in a long-standing intellectual property dispute with IBM.

"Microsoft has no financial relationship with BayStar and never agreed to guarantee any of BayStar's $50 million investment in SCO," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement on Monday.

Hans Reiser Arrested On Suspicion of Murder

Hans Reiser, author of ReiserFS, was taken into custody at 11 a.m., hours after Oakland police and FBI technicians searched his home in the Oakland hills. His estranged wife, Nina Reiser, 31, has been missing since Sept. 3, when she dropped off the couple's son and daughter at his home.

SCO Begs Novell Court to Stay Novell's PSJ/PI Motion Until IBM is Decided

Heavens. End game is turning out to be fun. SCO now begs the court to postpone its bankruptcy by... no, wait, they didn't say that. They ask for a stay on the Novell motion for partial summary judgment or preliminary injunction until after the IBM case goes to trial and is decided. They do seem to be in a bit of a tizzy.

SCO got used to IBM's gentlemenly ways. Now they are up against Novell's pit bull lawyers, who think of everything, and don't care for nuttin', street fighters in the very best sense of the term, and SCO, who would certainly do the same if the tables were turned and they had the ammo, is screaming bloody murder and asking the court to make them stop. Or wait, so SCO can catch its breath and not get beat to a pulp.

IBM Asks the Court to Throw Out SCO's Entire Case

Both sides in SCO v. IBM have filed motions for summary judgment. To be precise, SCO has filed one for partial summary judgment (which I'll have up in a minute or two) and IBM has filed several motions for summary judgment, one for each of SCO's claims and two more for good measure on two of IBM's counterclaims. In other words, it is asking the court to throw out SCO's entire case, and to grant it judgment on two counterclaims without even going to trial on those two.

gpl-violations.org project prevails in court case on GPL violation by D-Link

The gpl-violations.org project prevails in court litigation against D-Link Germany GmbH regarding D-Link's alleged inappropriate and copyright infringing use of parts of the Linux Operating System Kernel.

Alleged GPL violation spurs accusations, lawsuit

Alexander Maryanovsky, the developer of Jin, a Java-based chess client, has filed a lawsuit in Israel that alleges multiple violations of the GNU General Public License (GPL). In the suit, Maryanovsky alleges that International Chess University (IChessU), a startup offering online chess tutoring, and Alexander Rabinovitch, its CEO, violated both his copyright and the GPL in its production and distribution of the IChessU client, a piece of software based on Jin. Both sides agree on the general outline of events, but differ in their interpretation of the GPL and its applicability.