A website that SCO planned to launch this week to tell its side of the story has come shuddering to a halt while its Groklaw.net rival carries on dissecting the ins and outs of the company's multifarious legal disputes.
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Nearly a month after promising to launch a website to provide information on SCO's various legal disputes, a number of undisclosed issues had forced the company to think again, said company spokeswoman Janielle Fernandes.
"It's still up for debate whether the website will ever go up," she said, citing "legal and management concerns about the content of the website" but declining to go into details.
After having its every legal move dissected on the Groklaw website for more than a year, SCO executives had decided to launch a site of their own to provide information and legal filings. Billed as "the right place for SCO intellectual property information", the site had been scheduled to go live on 1 November.
"We will be launching a website in a few weeks to tell our side of the story," SCO's president and chief executive officer Darl McBride declared last month.
Originally the site was to use the domain name ProSCO.net, but that was later dropped in favour of SCOinfo.com. "The name was changed to support the purpose of the website," said Fernandes. "The purpose is to provide factual information regarding SCO's litigation, thus the name SCOinfo.com."
SCO is presently involved in a number of legal disputes related to contract claims as well as the company's claim that Linux violates its intellectual property rights. The company has outstanding suits with IBM, Novell, Red Hat, Autozone and DaimlerChrysler.
Set up shortly after SCO launched its multibillion-dollar lawsuit against IBM last year, Groklaw began as a weblog for Linux enthusiast and law firm employee Pamela Jones. It has evolved into an open-source project itself, where legal filings are meticulously dissected by an army of volunteers.
Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service