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SCO Sues AutoZone, Readies Suit Against DaimlerChrysler

The SCO Group Inc., pushing ahead with its threats to sue Linux users, on Wednesday said it has sued auto parts chain AutoZone Inc., and is close to doing the same against auto giant DaimlerChrysler Corp.

SCO, which claims ownership of code contained in the open source operating system, filed on Tuesday a copyright infringement suit against Memphis, Tenn.-based, AutoZone in a federal court in Nevada.

The suit alleges the defendant violated SCO's copyrights by running versions of the Linux operating system that contain "code, structure, sequence and/or organization from SCO's proprietary Unix System V code," a SCO statement said.

Linux is a cousin of the Unix operating system, and SCO claims its Unix copyrighted code was inserted in Linux by IBM. SCO has filed a $5 billion suit against the high-tech giant, which denies the allegations.

SCO is asking the U.S. District Court for an injunction preventing AutoZone from continuing with the violation, and is seeking damages "in an amount to proven at trial."

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