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SCO Fires back, Subpoenas Stallman, Torvalds et al 1145

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from the subpoenas-envy dept.
SirFozzie writes "SCO has just, within the past hour, announced that they have fired back against IBM's legal broadside, with one of their own, filing subpoenas against several of the biggest names in Linux. SCO filed subpoenas with the U.S. District Court in Utah, targeting six different individuals or organizations. Those include Novell; Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel; Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation; Stewart Cohen, chief executive of the Open Source Development Labs; and John Horsley, general counsel of Transmeta."
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SCO Fires back, Subpoenas Stallman, Torvalds et al

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  • by Mercaptan (257186) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:14PM (#7457161) Homepage
    "When the elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers."
  • Oh yay (Score:4, Funny)

    by grub (11606) <slashdot@grub.net> on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:14PM (#7457163) Homepage Journal

    Swell, Stallman will be rocking in his chair, picking fleas from his beard and muttering "GNU/SCO.. GNU/SCO.. GNU/SCO.." It's like a strawman argument against the millions of free software users..
  • sad but fun (Score:2, Funny)

    by selderrr (523988) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:15PM (#7457170) Journal
    for us europeans, the US legal system is like a free TV channel : mostly crap, but sometimes a true gem is broadcasted.
    On the other hand, i feel for those who live in it
  • Finally! (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:15PM (#7457174)
    This WWF match between IBM and SCO is getting good. IBM has sent the crack fiends into a rage.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:15PM (#7457176)
    I bet ol' Brucie is pissed that he's not considered a "big name in Linux" by SCO.
  • by bacon-kidney-pie (717079) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:15PM (#7457177)
    Lawyer: Mr Stallman, can you explain what GNU is? Stallman: Gnu's Not Unix
    Lawyer: Yes, Mr Stallman, but can you please answer the question.
    Stallman: Gnu's Not Unix
    ad infinitum.
  • by Omega1045 (584264) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:17PM (#7457208)
    IBM is actually trying to get some facts with their subpoenas, like offending source code. What does SCO think they are going to get out of Linus? Hopefully he doesn't let them look a the Linux source code..... oh wait.
  • by griffjon (14945) <GriffJon&gmail,com> on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:18PM (#7457224) Homepage Journal
    I for one welcome our subpoena overlords. No, actually, not, revolution!

    Can someone who is not IANAL comment on ways this could be forced into court, and ended (or at least revealed for the sham it is as I'm sure SCO will appeal)? I want to get back to my normal flying-cars and distro-wars /., not SCO-news-of-the-day.

  • by wed128 (722152) <woodrowdouglass.gmail@com> on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:18PM (#7457240)
    Lawyer: Mr Stallman, What part of Linux did you provide work in?
    Stallman: It's GNU/Linux dammit! Linux just jumped in HURD's shoes! I never meant it, I swear!
  • by BJZQ8 (644168) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:22PM (#7457292) Homepage Journal
    Here's our good friend Blakey.... Quote... SCO spokesman Blake Stowell said he did not know what the subpoenas asked for, but "I know that some of them have been served." Unquote... I don't know what they hope to prove by service subpoenas on a handful of linux-related people...I mean, don't they technically have to serve some purpose at a TRIAL? Perhaps someday we will actually get to that point...but I think this is more meaningless pump-and-dumping on the part of the SCO people.
  • ESR (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:22PM (#7457297)
    Meanwhile, sources tell that no subpoena could be delivered to Eric S. Raymond as the delivery man was chased off his ranch with a shotgun.
  • oh god (Score:3, Funny)

    by oZZoZZ (627043) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:22PM (#7457298)
    Fuck, this is bad.. stallman in court.. jesus christ.. i can't imagine what it'll be like... i feel bad for the lawyers questioning him, it'll be worse than questioning the soup nazi on the last episode of sienfeld.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:22PM (#7457301)
    thanks for not making YET ANOTHER STUPID JOKE about GNU/Linux.

    so I will:

    Lawyer: now, this linux operating system that you wrote...

    RMS: excuse me. Linux is a kernel, not an operating system. if you refer to a Linux-based operating system you should call it GNU/Linux. Also, I didn't write it, I wrote a text editor, a make system, part of a C library, and some other programs.

    Lawyer: right, the new Linux, is that different than the old one?

    RMS: not "new" Linux, GNU/Linux .. Guh-Noo Linn-Ucks. Also, I didn't write the Linux kernel, that guy over there did.

    Lawyer: Okay forget that.. Mr Stallman, when is the last time you bathed?
  • by I don't want to spen (638810) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:22PM (#7457314) Journal
    Is that you Darl?
  • by Tackhead (54550) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:23PM (#7457321)
    > > Has SCO gone completely mad? What the fuck? ?
    >
    > Is SCO completely, utterly, loony? What the fuck? What the fucking fuck fuck?!

    Oh, right. That as me, quoting myself from Septempter, and then from October.

    So, to bring you all up to date. It's November. The proper question is now:

    "Is SCO completely, utterly, apeshit and batshit, half-a-gig-short-of-a-Debian-ISO, stark, slavering, buggo?!? What the fuck? What the fucking fuck fuck fuck [ several dozen instances of the word "fuck" deleted for brevity ] fuck?!?!"

  • by spoonist (32012) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:23PM (#7457323) Journal

    Me: A sphincter says what?

    SCO: What?

    Me: Exactly.

    (paraphrasing from Wayne's World [moviewavs.com])

  • by RobertB-DC (622190) * on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:24PM (#7457336) Homepage Journal
    What does SCO think they are going to get out of Linus?

    Perhaps they're running low on crack [eweek.com]?
  • by nightsweat (604367) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:25PM (#7457358)
    Cool, I'll get what I really wanted for Xmas - a smoking charred black lump of coal that used to be SCO!

    I'm leaving out extra milk and cookies this year.

  • by slackjawedyokel (564737) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:26PM (#7457389) Homepage
    I don't understand it really. I have nothing to do with the Linux kernel, yet I received a SCO subpoena to appear in court. The funny thing is that I received two additional subpoenae earlier this week as well. One from the RIAA and the other from DirecTV. I knew I shouldn't have used linux to download those movies through my satellite dish.
  • by pmz (462998) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:26PM (#7457392) Homepage

    Well, we do get our share of laughs making fun of European royal familes, so it probably balances out.
  • by jeffmock (188913) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:27PM (#7457411)
    That's just f***ing great, now the bar for being a cool guy in free software just got raised. It used to be you just had to write a million lines of useful code. Now you've got to get a subpoena from SCO to be cool.

    "Should we invite Jeff to speak at our little conference?" "Well, he didn't get a subpoena from SCO, so he's probably not that important..."

    jeff
  • by gardyloo (512791) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:28PM (#7457424)
    y'all might want to point your browsers at: http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20030622& mode=classic
  • by dark-br (473115) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:28PM (#7457425) Homepage
    Preferences -> Home Page -> Exclude Stories from the Homepage -> check "Caldera"

    I'm waiting my USD 100 :)

  • by Wah (30840) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:29PM (#7457441) Homepage Journal
    Where is this 'Europe' you speak of?

    I thought it was part of Las Vegas?
  • by Saint Aardvark (159009) * on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:30PM (#7457464) Homepage Journal
    UTAH - Today, the civil war within The SCO Group Inc (SCOX) became unusually public with the rapid-fire serving of hundreds of subpoenas. The action -- and responses to it from SCO spokesman Blake Stowell -- serve to highlight the increasingly turbulent within its fortified compound for control of the company and its allegedly-valuable and -infringed intellectual property.

    Stowell, spokesman for the company, was unable to explain the latest round of subpoenas in the company's lawsuit against IBM for copyright infringment. When asked what the purpose was, he replied that he had no idea, but"I know that some of them have been served."

    For veteran SCO watchers, this is a sign that the previously-untouchable spokesman may be on the outs.

    "Why wouldn't the spokesman know what was going on?" asked one CIA analyst. "It's his job. But it's little clues like this that give us a suprisingly good idea of what's going on in Utah."

    A source within SCO, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed this view of events.

    "Darl [McBride, CEO of SCO] just went crazy the other day when [Stowell] asked what the next step was," he said. "He started asking all sorts of questions about whose side [Stowell] was on, was he wearing a wire, who else felt like this, this sort of thing. He even pulled out his laptop and started Googling for Stowell's name on LKML [a mailing list for Linux kernel developers]. Now we're not allowed to talk to Blake at all."

    "It's a shame, because Blake was one of the moderates," the source continued. "A while back Darl started talking about putting Richard Stallman's head on a pike outside the compound. Said it was the least he deserved. Blake talked him down from that before anything could happen. Now there's very few left to do that."

    However, McBride's hold over the company is anything but absolute, and the future of his leadership is still in question. "There's still a significant group within SCO that are trying to find the combination for the safe where he keeps his shares," said the CIA analyst. "That's why he hasn't left the compound in over six weeks."

    Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation, was unavailable for comment. Sources close to the computer guru said he had gone underground. "He saw some guy hanging around the office that he thought was a bounty hunter. That was enough for Richard."

  • by frodo from middle ea (602941) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:30PM (#7457469) Homepage
    The only thing now left for me to see, is "Darl, linux, Stallman et all" on the front cover of Soap Opera Digest.

    This drama is giving all those soaps a serious run for their money.

  • by pavon (30274) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:32PM (#7457495)
    Funny you should mention elephants. The first thing I thought of when I saw this article was "time to queue the Barnum and Bailey music".

    Maybe slashdot could play is as a midi in the background of all the SCO articles; that would rock :)
  • by NickFitz (5849) <slashdot@nOSPAm.nickfitz.co.uk> on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:35PM (#7457549) Homepage

    Ah, but we make fun of our royal family (in the UK, at least), so we're still ahead :-)

  • by spagnitz (676520) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:35PM (#7457551)
    boils down to "No GNU'S is good GNEWS"
  • Re:RMS (Score:5, Funny)

    by StormReaver (59959) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:37PM (#7457577)
    "I imagine this is what Stallman wanted, a chance to prove the GPL in court. And involvement in the case may give him legal room to see 'evidence' without signing non-disclosures."

    This has the potential to be really funny with Stallman and Torvalds on the stand.

    SCO lawyer: "And here we have exhibit [x] that clearly shows infringing code in Linux."

    Stallman: "That's BSD code. It worked for a while, but someone else came up with a much better algorithm. That code hasn't been in GNU/Linux for quite some time."

    SCO lawyer (clears his throat in embarrassment): "Moving on to exhibit [x], here is a flagrant example of more infringement."

    Stallman: "I wrote that code myself in the early nineties. I know that for a fact because you didn't even bother removing my copyright notice."

    (the courtroom comes alive in murmurs from the spectators, requiring the judge to silence the room)

    The SCO lawyer finishes with Stallman and calls Torvalds:

    SCO lawyer: "Exhibit [x] shows a Caldera copyright. It also shows that you personally modified it and included the code in Linux. We've got you now, you Finnish smartass!"

    Torvalds: "Your own exhibit [y] shows that Caldera released the original code into the public domain on many different occasions. I originally tried retrofitting it into Linux, and it stayed for a few revisions, but it was so badly written that I was compelled to rip it out. It was replaced by a far superior version written by an Italian contributor on his 12th birthday."

    (the courtroom spectators start to giggle)

    SCO lawyer: "Moving on to our crown jewels, we see that the core of SCO Unix is nearly line-by-line identical to the core of Linux. Try explaining that one, hotshot."

    Torvalds: "Hey! That's MY code! Rather, it's a very early and buggy version of my code. It looks very similar to Linux 0.2. Come on, guys. If you're gonna steal from Linux, at least steal the good stuff. No wonder SCO Unix sucks so bad."
  • by MKalus (72765) <mkalusNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:37PM (#7457580) Homepage
    They haven't got a clue what they're doing, but they're doing it.


    Welcome to Managment.
  • by drxyzzy (149370) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:39PM (#7457606) Homepage
    This just in - SCO has finally announced the stolen source in the
    Linux kernel. It amounts to exactly 17,351 occurrences of
    int i;
    also infringing are occurrences of
    i++;
    and
    return;
    "And that's just the tip of the iceberg" a SCO source reported.
  • by sqlgeek (168433) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:40PM (#7457613)
    Mmm, a condescending European. How novel.
  • by ThisIsFred (705426) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:54PM (#7457814) Journal
    They haven't got a clue what they're doing, but they're doing it.

    Further proof of Microsoft's involvement with SCO's recent irrational behavior. They're already adopted Microsoft's approach to software development!
  • by karlandtanya (601084) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:56PM (#7457849)

    Attorney: Isn't it true that you stole code from SCO?

    Geek: Yes.

    Attorney: What? So, you did steal code from SCO?

    Geek: No.

    Attorney: I'm confused, now, did you or did you not steal code from SCO?

    Geek: Yes.

    Attorney: Your Honor, I would like to treat this witness as hostile.

    The Court: The witness is directed to answer only "yes" or "no".

    Attorney: AAAARRRRGH!

    Geek: Hmmm...Is is Sept 19 already?

  • Good! (Score:3, Funny)

    by NetNinja (469346) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:57PM (#7457860)
    Linus being subpoenaed should be able to bring the code that SCO says in violation of thier licence.

    Linus: "Please show me the code that is in question".
    "That's it? Fuck here is the fix. Case closed.
    By the way you owe me a palne ticket and $2000.00 for my time."
  • Re:RMS (Score:4, Funny)

    by supabeast! (84658) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @05:58PM (#7457881)
    "He is probably smarter then[sic] the lawyer questioning him."

    Bill Gates is smarter than plenty of other people, yet he is still incapable of picking out a suit that does not make him look like a department-store shoe salesman. Brilliance and social skills tend to have an inverse relationship.
  • by zephc (225327) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @06:08PM (#7458001)
    just play this [wilstar.com] looped while you read thru the story ;)
  • by meplaysocr (715112) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @06:13PM (#7458054)
    Business Professor: Now Students, we are going to learn about business models today. Forget what you have learned about supplying a product or service to a client, that way of making money is old school.

    Business Student: But if a company has nothing to offer, how can they make money?

    Business Professor: *shakes head* There is a new approach we are going to call the 'Legal Model.' In this model you don't need a product or service, but good lawyers. You see, you get a good law firm and you target innocent people, twelve year olds are good, or even large businesses. It does not matter the reason, in fact, the stupider the reason, the more you look to gain from it. Inveritably someone will invest in your cause, your stock will go up and whether you are bought out or win, you stand to make money. Helps to use bully tactics to force settlements out of people as well.

    Business Student: But how do you plan to pay for the lawyers?

    Business Professor: Oh just give them a large percentage if you are bought out or win the law suits. Lawyers are suckers for those types of deals. It's actually incentive for them.

    Is this the Business Model of the Future?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @06:15PM (#7458095)
    Left the legal profession my ass. You haven't even left your parent's basement. Watching non-stop Law and Order does not mean you are a lawyer you know. It's just TV.
  • by Talence (4962) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @06:18PM (#7458138) Homepage
    And your language is very heavily based upon the British langauge ;-)
  • by Austerity Empowers (669817) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @06:20PM (#7458181)
    Try to work "fuckity" in:

    "What the fucking fuckity fuck fuck..."

    Thanks!
  • by LMCBoy (185365) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @06:25PM (#7458239) Homepage Journal
    Ok, I get it all, except for the Sept. 19th thing...anyone want to hit me with the old clue-bat?
  • by Kjella (173770) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @06:28PM (#7458268) Homepage
    "So, Mr. Thorvalds, did you describe SCO as, and I quote, 'smoking crack'?"

    "Yes, I did."

    "Do you stand by that description."

    "No, I do not. It would be an insult to crack-smokers everywhere."

    Kjella
  • Re:RMS (Score:4, Funny)

    by nmg (614483) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @06:32PM (#7458308)
    I bet you got a boner while writing that, didn't you?
  • Yay! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Greyfox (87712) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @06:53PM (#7458507) Homepage Journal
    Hopefully Linus or RMS will get the chance to use the line "It's absolutely true your honor. This man (McBride) has no dick" in court.
  • by otis wildflower (4889) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @06:58PM (#7458550) Homepage
    I hereby nominate you for 'The Most Gratuitous Use Of The Word "Fuck" In A Slashdot Posting'.

    It's very prestigious.
  • by roystgnr (4015) <roystgnr@@@ticam...utexas...edu> on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @07:04PM (#7458596) Homepage
    Because Windows contains some of that infringing code?

    SCO can't even find any real infringements in code they're allowed to read. How on earth would they have found an infringement in code they aren't allowed to read?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @07:13PM (#7458716)

    Heise: Sorry Mr. McBride, we're running out of excuses to stall the process. You won't make your 12-month bonus

    McBride: stall, stall..., that's it! call Stallman!

    Heise: Huh?

    apology I know it's an awful joke but I'm so tired of the surrealistic delay techniques in this trial.../apology

  • by Josh Booth (588074) <joshbooth2000&yahoo,com> on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @07:21PM (#7458840)
    I would buy a "They [SCO] are smoking crack. --Linus Torvalds" shirt.
  • by WWWWolf (2428) <wwwwolf@iki.fi> on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @07:32PM (#7458977) Homepage

    Bah. We're talking of Richard Stallman here!

    > (not (didp you (stealp you sco-code)))
    t
    > (didp you (stealp you sco-code))
    nil
    > (or (not (didp you (stealp you sco-code))) (didp you (stealp you sco-code)))
    t

  • by EvilAlien (133134) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @07:46PM (#7459124) Journal
    Worried?

    From everything I've read since the fiaSCO started, I think the Judge(s) will be very convinced when Linus loses it on the stand and starts calling the SCO people morons.

    Linus: YOU MORONS!
    SCO Legal Minion: Objection!
    Judge: Overruled, statement of fact.

  • by Qrlx (258924) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @07:46PM (#7459126) Homepage Journal
    What does "Win" mean?

    well, I used to type that a lot in Windows 3.11...
  • by adeyadey (678765) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @08:50PM (#7459787) Journal
    are belong to us..

    Darl..
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @08:55PM (#7459836)
    She was the 6-time Finnish tae kwon do champ. She is more physically fit and intimidating than either Linus or RMS. Time for her to kick McBride's nuts halfway around the planet...
  • Re:Oh yay (Score:3, Funny)

    by DaveAtFraud (460127) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @09:04PM (#7459923) Homepage Journal
    I have this vision of an SCO lawyer trying to question Stallman about "Linux" and not calling it "GNU/Linux" and Stallman just keeps reapeatedly correcting the SCO lawyer with, "If you mean GNU/Linux..." to the point that the SCO lawyer says something like "GNU/Unixware." That would be priceless.
  • by Aadain2001 (684036) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @09:14PM (#7460003) Journal
    Uh oh! They are just trying to get all of these important people together in one place, than launch a SCUD missle from Redmond, WA and take out MS's biggest competitor! Don't fall for it!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @10:01PM (#7460394)
    Heck if we're talking about those who must feel slighted at this news it wouldn't do to leave out our pal ESR once again. Maybe he can crochet an official "hacker" sweater for Linus to wear on the stand.
  • Re:RMS (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @10:44PM (#7460662)
    Whoever modded this post "interesting" needs a hobby.
  • by Slavinski (713970) on Wednesday November 12, 2003 @10:49PM (#7460692)

    Sounds like SCO is following the Iraq WMD tactics.
    They have yet to produce any Code of Mass Duplication. :)
    --
    SCO: All your codes are belong to us.
  • by Tokerat (150341) on Thursday November 13, 2003 @02:54AM (#7461910) Journal
    2. is that Microsoft is truly behind this case and that it is all part of a final MS funded and supported massive attack on OSS that will either succede and lead to total dismissal of OSS in the US* or be a huge setback leading to criminal charges aginst many in the industry. The way things are going I'm not so certain that this isn't the way things are going to turn out. The stakes are pretty damn high and the whole thing stinks of some underhanded motives.
    /me sits and thinks for a moment...

    Linux: Reloaded

    IBM - Which brings us at last to the moment of truth, wherein the fundamental flaw is ultimately expressed, and the anomaly revealed as both beginning, and end. There are two doors. The door to your right leads to the dismissal, and the salvation of Linux. The door to the left leads back to the courtroom, to the GPL, and to the end of your company. As you adequately put, the problem is choice. But we already know what you're going to do, don't we? Already I can see the chain reaction, the chemical precursors that signal the onset of emotion, designed specifically to overwhelm logic, and reason. An emotion that is already blinding you from the simple, and obvious truth: Linux is going to exist, and there is nothing that you can do to stop it.

    *McBride walks to the door on his left*

    IBM - Humph. Greed, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest motivation, and your greatest weakness.

    McBride - If I were you, I would hope that we don't meet again.

    IBM - We won't.
  • by Martigan80 (305400) on Thursday November 13, 2003 @03:54AM (#7462112) Journal
    With all the comments and sugestions on /. Linux, RMS, et al don't need lawyers, they can read the comments and get all the coaching and legal advise they ever needed-for free!

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