SCO Announces Intellectual Property License for Linux

SCO Provides Commercial Linux Users With Run-Time, Binary License to Run SCO's

Intellectual Property in Linux

Aug 05, 2003, 01:00 ET from The SCO Group

    LINDON, Utah, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 The SCO Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SCOX), the owner and licensor of the core UNIX(R)
 operating system source code, today announced the availability of the SCO
 Intellectual Property License for Linux(R).  The run-time license permits the
 use of SCO's intellectual property, in binary form only, as contained in Linux
 distributions.  By purchasing a SCO Intellectual Property License, customers
 avoid infringement of SCO's intellectual property rights in Linux 2.4 and
 Linux 2.5 kernels.  Because the SCO license authorizes run-time use only,
 customers also comply with the General Public License, under which Linux is
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     SCO announced in July that it had registered the copyrights to its
 software releases of UNIX System V and UnixWare(R) with the U.S. Copyright
 office and that it would offer licenses to cure the SCO IP infringement issues
 for Linux operating systems.  Beginning this week, SCO will start meeting with
 commercial Linux customers to present the details of this right to use SCO
 intellectual property binary licensing program.
     "We have identified numerous files of unlicensed UNIX System V code and
 UNIX System V derivative code in the Linux 2.4 and 2.5 kernels," said Chris
 Sontag, senior vice president and general manager of SCOsource, the
 intellectual property licensing division of SCO.  "We believe it is necessary
 for Linux customers to properly license SCO's IP if they are running Linux
 2.4 kernel and later versions for commercial purposes.  The license insures
 that customers can continue their use of binary deployments of Linux without
 violating SCO's intellectual property rights."
     Pricing and Availability
     SCO will be offering an introductory license price of $699 for a single
 CPU system through October 15th, 2003.  Pricing for multiple CPU systems,
 single CPU add-ons, desktop systems and embedded systems will also be
 available.  Linux users who are interested in additional information or
 purchasing an IP License for Linux should contact their local SCO sales
 representative or call SCO at 1-800-726-8649 or visit our web site at .
     About The SCO Group
     The SCO Group (Nasdaq:   SCOX) helps millions of customers in more than
 82 countries to grow their businesses with UNIX business solutions.
 Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, SCO has a worldwide network of more than
 11,000 resellers and 4,000 developers.  SCO Global Services provides reliable
 localized support and services to all partners and customers.  For more
 information on SCO products and services visit .
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