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SCO hit by legal action in Germany

SCO's German subsidiary has temporarily shut down its website after a local Linux user group received a restraining court order...

SCO's German subsidiary has temporarily shut down its website after a local Linux user group received a restraining court order against the US software group.

"We deactivated our website on Friday while we continue to scan for any statements or references to Linux," said Hans Bayer, managing director of SCO Germany. "We decided to wait for the new corporate design that the parent company is preparing for all its websites worldwide before we reactivate ours."

On 23 May, lawyers for LinuxTag, an association representing largely Linux program developers, told SCO's German subsidiary to retract its claims regarding ownership of Linux kernel code by the end of the month or make its evidence public.

With its unsubstantiated claims, SCO is hurting competitors, intimidating Linux customers and inflicting damage on the reputation of Linux as an open platform, said LinuxTag spokesman Andreas Gebhard.  "We told SCO flat out they must stop claiming that the standard Linux kernel violates its copyrights if they can't prove it."

SCO German subsidiary is consulting with its lawyers about its website and whether it should go to court with LinuxTag, Bayer said. "We're considering what the next sensible step should be," he said, adding that nowhere in Europe is the Linux community as well organised and vocal than in Germany.

John Blau writes for IDG News Service

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