I know I’m beating this thing to death, especially since nobody who drops by my site much cares, but here’s a few more items about everyone’s favorite Linux trash-talker.
The case, and SCO’s continued assertions that black is white, up is down, and that software licenses can’t give users the right to copy, is starting to make the mainstream press. Ed Quillen of the Denver Post wrote this column today. Funny, I’ve been making pretty much the same arguments since Disney first bought the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act in 1996.
So SCO thinks that the GPL can’t tie its hands since U.S. copyright law only allows non-copyright holders to make one copy for archival purposes, and therefore a copyright holder can’t grant the right to make any more. Interesting. This could usher in a whole new era in media consolidation, since outsourcing publishing and media manufacture would be illegal. That’s right, any author that doesn’t own their own printing press cannot have their book printed without signing over their copyrights to the publisher, since they cannot license their work for copying or redistribution. Good news for the publisher, I suppose, but I think I’d get out of writing if I were an author. Funny – I wonder if SCO presses their own CDs when they ship UnixWare and “Open”Server.
You know, there’s only one other kind of person that trumpets this kind of nonsense all over in every media outlet they can find – the religious fanatic. I wonder how long until SCO tries to convince everyone to drink the Kool-Aid?