September 13, 2004 12:47 PM PDT
SCO challenges IBM witnesses
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In a motion filed Monday with U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, SCO asked the court to delay any ruling on IBM's request for summary judgment until Big Blue fully complies with all requests for "discovery," the process by which litigating parties turn over potential evidence. The court is scheduled to hear one of IBM's claims for partial summary judgment on Wednesday.
An IBM representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A SCO representative declined to comment beyond the text of the motion.
SCO rattled the technology world last year, when it sued IBM, claiming that the computing giant illegally incorporated into its Linux software some source code from the Unix operating system, which SCO claims to control.
SCO has since expanded its legal campaign to include several prominent corporate Linux users, including automaker DaimlerChrysler and retailer AutoZone.
"IBM has precluded SCO from obtaining discovery on numerous issues, including those bearing directly on IBM's dispositive motions," according to the motion. "The longer IBM holds back the foregoing rudimentary, predicate information, the greater IBM will compromise SCO's ability to use it effectively as a basis for further discovery and the development of its case."
The motion goes on to attack the testimony of two former AT&T employees cited by IBM to buttress its copyright claims, saying their testimony regarding AT&T's intentions when it sold its rights to Unix directly contradict their testimony in an earlier case involving AT&T and Berkeley Software Design (BSD). In that case, the AT&T people claimed that company's rights extended to "derivative works," similar to claims SCO has made regarding its Unix rights.
"At an absolute minimum, the prior testimony...not only contradicts IBM's position that AT&T did not protect, and was not interested in protecting, anything other than literal Unix source code," according to the motion, "but also demonstrates that AT&T sought through its license agreement to protect any product that a license made after having been given access to Unix."
The motion also claims that one of the witnesses was recently convicted of felony insurance fraud.
The motion asks the court to compel IBM to produce the requested documents and delay any hearing on summary judgment until such discovery requests have been satisfied.
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