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CA Disputes SCO 'License' Claim

The SCO Group confirmed that Computer Associates International and two other corporate Linux users signed SCOsource licenses, but they did so before SCO's first round of litigation against Linux end users earlier this week.

On Thursday, SCO said Computer Associates, an Islandia, N.Y.-based software vendor; Questar, a Salt Lake City-based energy company; and Leggett & Platt, a Carthage, Mo.-based manufacturing company; have signed licenses, which will protect them from potential litigation related to their use of Linux.

SCO has signed a total of six licensees since launching its major Linux lawsuit against IBM last March and its SCOsource licensing program for Linux users in August. Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, which are competing with Linux in the operating systems space, publicly announced licensing deals with SCO earlier this year. On Tuesday, SCO identified the other licensee as EV1Server.NET.

CA, Questar and Leggett & Platt were named as licensees in a Feb. 4 letter written by SCO attorneys to IBM as required by a Utah court. The three licensees were signed well before SCO expanded its Linux litigation beyond vendors and sued end users AutoZone and DaimlerChrysler.

Computer Associates, a major corporate backer and user of Linux, signed a SCOsource license last August as part of a $40 million settlement between CA, the Canopy Group and Center 7. The Canopy Group is The SCO Group's largest investor, with a stake of almost 40 percent.

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