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SCO Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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Groklaw: SCO Group Inc., the embattled software company best known for litigation targeting distributors of open-source, Linux software, said Friday it has filed for bankruptcy.

SCO, Novell back in court Monday in Unix fight

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computerworld: The SCO Group Inc. will begin its latest legal battle Monday over what it continues to assert are its rights to Unix -- but this battle is one the company may have never imagined it would be fighting.

German Court convicted Skype of violating the GPL

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/home/liquidat: German district court Munich has convicted Skype of violating the GPL. One of the VoIP telephones sold by Skype run Linux, but the GPL text was not handed out together with the phone, although the GPL requires that.

Microsoft with the carrot and the stick

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There is no doubt about it. Microsoft knows what they are doing. However it seems to me that no-one else, particularly businesses, can see what they are doing. To use a cliche or two Microsoft is using the carrot and stick method to divide and conqueror.

The sad part about it is the open source community is letting them.

Open Source and the DMCA: What Hath Digg Wrought?

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technewsworld: When Digg.com tried to follow orders from the MPAA and take down an HD DVD crack code a user had posted on the site, users rebelled so much that Digg simply gave in and allowed the code to remain. Some called it a victory for open source. Lawyers don't see it as an open source issue; however, they question whether issuing high-profile demands to keep the code secret was an effective tactic.

N.Y. attorney general accuses Dell of fraud

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CNET: Dell is being accused of making false promises to customers to drive sales, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Also: Dell drops consumer Linux desktops?

SCO wanted gag order for Linus Torvalds, Groklaw in 2004

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According to a recently uncovered filing in the long-running SCO v. IBM case, SCO tried to have Groklaw—along with a handful of people associated with the open-source movement, like Linus Torvalds—silenced back in 2004. In a letter sent to IBM, dated February 11, 2004, one of SCO's attorneys said that the company "had been told that IBM is a sponsor of Groklaw."

American Dental Association Sues FSF, Linux Foundation over FLOSS Acronym

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The American Dental Association announced Friday that they are suing both the Free Software Foundation and the Linux Foundation over the use of the acronym FLOSS.

GNOME Foundation Retains Software Freedom Law Center

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The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC), provider of pro-bono legal services to protect and advance Free and Open Source Software, has added the GNOME Foundation as a new client.

SCO vs Groklaw's Pamela Jones

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For three and a half years, a blogger named Pamela Jones has led a relentless online crusade against software maker SCO Group. Now the Lindon, Utah, software company is fighting back by seeking to take a deposition from Jones.

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