It seems to me that SCO is now running a Mob-like "protection insurance" racket, demanding that companies with Linux servers buy UnixWare licenses to protect against legal ramifications if SCO wins its suit against IBM. If SCO wins -- and that's a big "if" -- could it go after companies that were using Linux PRIOR to the ruling?
In the context of copyright and patent infringement claims, if SCO can prove that a company had notice of some infringing activity and did not take all reasonable and necessary steps to cure the infringement, as by buying the appropriate licenses, SCO would be in a position to recover licensing fees going back to the date on which the user first had notice of the infringing activity. This issue does not arise directly from the litigation with IBM as that case is currently constituted.
This was first published in August 2003