EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

07.13.09

More on the Amazing Story Behind SCO (and Possibly Microsoft)

Posted in Courtroom, Fraud, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, SCO, UNIX at 1:28 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Microsoft hardly needs an SCO source license. Its license payment to SCO is simply a good-looking way to pass along a bribe…”

Bruce Perens

Summary: Another (public) take on the latest from SCO

SEVERAL DAYS ago we showed some mind-blowing developments in the SCO case. Groklaw chose to keep them private (for subscribers only), but the word starts percolating through subscription walls and into some other Web sites.

Slated writes: “This story demands greater exposure,  since it reveals the full extent of  SCO’s (and their  partners’) depraved  and thuggish  mentality, so please quote the full Groklaw article, for the benefit of non-members.”

Here is another new analysis which sadly enough comes from a Web site that is currently down (and has been down for a while, so Sam Johnston hopefully works on it). Here is the text from Google cache for the benefit of those who can’t access the site:

Dodgy dealings happen  all the time but it’s not often  you get to see it boiling over  into the public arena  as we have today. I  saw in my newsfeed this  morning that  GrokLaw had picked  up on  (Darl, Norris, Bryan Cave Named as Defendants in IP Litigation – The Pelican Brief) a Courthouse News article (Ex-Partner Accused of AIP Trade Secret Theft) about a recently filed complaint  by Pelican Equity, LLC against Talos Partners,  Darl McBride  (of SCO  Group fame),  Robert V.  Brazell (of Overstock.com fame), Stephen L.  Norris, Rama Ramachandran and lawfirm Bryan Cave LLP.

It claims a conspiracy to “steal AIP’s proprietary stock loan product” (EQUITAP™, [which]  helps investors  achieve their financial  goals by structuring non-recourse loans using the securities in their portfolio as collateral) and  “virtually API’s entire business from  API and its founder, Mark Robbins” (Pelican claim  to own the relevant rights). It then goes  on to explain the  whole sorry story of  a techie (Robbins) investing four years and apparently  all of his money into development of  a product,  being approached  by seasoned  businessmen  (Brazell & McBride)  as potential  partners, the  subsequent formation  of  a new business  (Talos)  and theft  of  everything  from  AIP’s products  to website to employees (Ramachandran) with the help of AIP’s own lawyers (Bryan Cave LLP) who ultimately blew the whistle with an “astonishing” conflict of interest waiver.

The truly  mindblowing part of the  whole story though  is the Skyline Cowboy site they  claim is run by McBride and  Brazell: “Finally, in a heinous effort to obliterate AIP’s business and deflect their misdeeds [they] have over approximately the  last 60 days littered the Internet with scurrilous postings on www.skylinecowboy.com, a website they used primarily for  that purpose, and  on Yahoo, Twitter and  other message boards.”

If that’s  true it’s like coming back  to stab the guy  in the carpark after  you’ve robbed him  of everything  he owns.  Not only  have they posted a  video of the  guy’s wife being  served what they claim  is a $109,627 check fraud  judgment following a $1,000 bounty  as well as a $20,000 reward for arrest and $1,000,000 reward for “full restitution” (save that both  appear to be impossible – and likely  a result of the claimed highway robbery), but now they’ve offered $30,000 for the true identity of  GrokLaw’s Pamela Jones (PJ)  who they claim  is a “Secret IBM Shill Blogger”. Let’s not  be too quick to forget the relationship to SCO  Group and  their apparently Microsoft  funded attacks  on IBM, Novell and Linux in general.

Anyway you can  see the juicy details for yourself  in the filings and if you’re a GrokLaw member, the article and associated discussion (the article has since  been updated “Now that I’ve read  it, I’ve made the article  Members Only  for now.”  and unfortunately  “creation  of new accounts has been temporarily disabled”). I have but one question: Who the %!#$ do  these cowboys think they are? It’s  amazing to think that our society routinely jails people for petty theft while leaving [what appear  to be]  career conmen  free  to enrich  themselves at  others’ expense. Anyway  at least Bernie Madoff got  his comeuppance… you’ve heard my opinion – what’s yours?

A lot can be learned from this about trust (and antitrust) in Microsoft.

In relation to this, Slated adds: “Microsoft  is   the  criminal organisation  that  Miguel de  Icaza evangelises for. I wonder if,  like his gangster heroes in Redmond, he also  supports SCO’s agenda? Or  is that  one of  those uncomfortable “black and white” things he doesn’t like to talk about?”

Here is a comment about “Microsoft’s impunity”, posted in reference to our evidence of Microsoft misbehaviour in sub-notebooks:

It amazes me how much Microsoft is able to get away with in terms of anti-trust crimes that go unpunished while others get punished for much less.

I suspect that this is down to Microsoft’s core business strategy. Unlike the others, Microsoft is an abusive monopoly first and foremost – that is the core to its being and the core to its business strategy. The others are business first and monopolies incidentally, and where it occurs, the abuse is not systematic. Hence Microsoft’s abuse of monopoly is effected and sustained in a far more meticulously planned way, with the subversion of DOJ (possibly through Bill Gates’ father’s law firm’s influence within the DOJ), corruption of politicians, bureaucrats, individuals in companies, the media etc. – all part of the core corporate ideology.

Is the legal system potent enough to respond to more massive crimes rather than shoplifting and doping? Or would an effective system be described as “Utopian” at best?

“…Microsoft wished to promote SCO and its pending lawsuit against IBM and the Linux operating system. But Microsoft did not want to be seen as attacking IBM or Linux.”

Larry Goldfarb, Baystar, key investor in SCO

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

4 Comments

  1. Andrew Macabe said,

    July 13, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Gravatar

    USDOJ has been long castrated by special interest groups (Federal Reserve, IRS, etc.) They’re only function is to protect the elite (Rockefellers, Kennedys, Gates, Lays, etc.). Madoff gets prison; which prison, general pop in a real prison like Levenworth? I don’t think so.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    See what Novell and Apple get away with.

    Andrew Macabe Reply:

    Yes, P.J. passed that post and others awhile back, good outside links to enron type mischief and financial dodge. It’s the American way. Instead of starting the declaration of independence, “We the people of the United States…” they can now use, “Fleece the people of the United States…”

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what corporations can do for your country.

What Else is New


  1. Bristows LLP/IP Kat Carrying on With Dead UPC Jingoism

    The same old tune from Bristows not only gets played in Bristows' 'alternate reality' blog but also in other blogs where Bristows staff is 'contributing' (to confusion and misconceptions)



  2. Links 16/12/2017: Mesa 17.2.7, Wine 3.0 RC2, Kdenlive 17.12.0, Mir 0.29

    Links for the day



  3. Patrick Corcoran is Innocent, Yet Battistelli Will/May Have the Power to Sack Him Next Month (in DG1)

    The EPO's Administrative Council does not want to even mention Patrick Corcoran, as merely bringing that up might lead to the suggestion that Benoît Battistelli should be fired (yes, they can fire him), but to set the record straight, at the EPO truth-tellers are punished and those whom they expose are shielded by the Administrative Council



  4. Patent Trolls Are Going Bust in the United States (Along With the 'Protection' Racket Conglomerates)

    RPX continues its gradual collapse and patent trolls fail to find leverage now that software patents are kaput and patent opportunists struggle to access Texan courts



  5. IBM's Manny Schecter is Wrong Again and He is Attempting to Justify Patent Trolling

    In yet another dodgy effort to undermine the US Supreme Court and bring back software patents, IBM's "chief patent counsel" (his current job title) expresses views that are bunk or "alternative facts"



  6. EPO Administrative Council Disallows Discussion About Violations of the Law by Benoît Battistelli

    The EPO crisis is not ending for the Administrative Council does not want to tackle any of the obvious problems; Patrick Corcoran is a taboo subject and Ernst is coming across as another protector of Benoît Battistelli, based on today's meeting (the second meeting he chairs)



  7. Links 13/12/2017: GIMP 2.9.8, Fedora 25 End Of Life, AltOS 1.8.3

    Links for the day



  8. Judge Corcoran Got His User ID/Desk Back (as ILO Asked), But Cannot Perform Actual Work

    The latest update regarding Patrick Corcoran, whose 3-year ordeal is far from over in spite of ILO's unambiguous rulings in his favour



  9. The End of Software Patents and PTAB's Role in Enforcing That End

    Software patents are fast becoming a dying breed and the appeal board (PTAB) of the USPTO accelerates this trend, irrespective of patent immunity attempts



  10. No, China Isn't Most Innovative, It's Just Granting a Lot of Low-Quality Patents

    Patent extremists are trying to make China look like a role model or a success story because China grants far too many patents, spurring an explosion in litigation



  11. Battistelli-Campinos Transition Will Be a Smooth One as the Administrative Council Remains the Same and the Boards Still Besieged

    A rather pessimistic (albeit likely realistic) expectation from tomorrow's meeting of the Administrative Council, which continues to show that no lessons were learned and no strategy will be altered to avoid doom (low-quality patents and stocks running out)



  12. Links 12/12/2017: New BlackArch ISO and Stable Kernels

    Links for the day



  13. German Media Helps Cover Up -- Not Cover -- the Latest EPO Scandal

    EPO-Handelsblatt attention diversion tricks may be effective as German media barely shows interest in one of the EPO's biggest scandals to date



  14. PTAB Haters Fail to Guard Bogus Patents, But They Still Try

    Three Affiliated Tribes probably won't enjoy sovereign immunity from PTAB, Dennis Crouch won't manage to slow down PTAB, and patent litigation will stagnate as bad patents perish before they even land in a lawsuit



  15. Team UPC's Tilmann Defends Rogue Vote at 1 AM in the Morning With Just 5% of Politicians (Those With Vested Interests) Attending

    Just when German democracy is being stolen by a legislative coup (in the dead of night when 95% of politicians are absent/asleep) there's someone 'courageous' enough to rear his ugly head and attempt to justify that coup



  16. The Mask Falls: Lobbyist David Kappos Now Composes Pieces for the Patent Trolls' Lobby (IAM)

    David Kappos, a former USPTO Director who is now lobbying for large corporations that derive revenue from patent extortion, is writing for IAM even if his views are significantly biased by his aggressive paymasters (just like IAM's)



  17. The EPO Protest Tomorrow Isn't Just About Judge Corcoran But About the EPO as a Whole

    PO staff is about to protest against the employer, pointing out that "Battistelli is still showing a total and utter lack of respect not only for his staff and their rights but also for the Administrative Council and for the Tribunal"



  18. Claim: Judge Corcoran to Be Put Under Benoît Battistelli's Control in DG1

    Benoît Battistelli, who openly disregards and refuses to obey judges (while intervening in trials and delivering 'royal decrees' whenever it suits him), may soon gain direct control over the judge he hates most



  19. The European Patent Organisation Refrains (For Nearly a Week) From Speaking About Battistelli's Abuses as Judged by ILO Tribunal

    The EPO's silence on the matter of Patrick Corcoran is deafening; to make matters worse, the EPO continues to pollute media and academia with money of stakeholders, with the sole intention of lobbying and misleading news coverage (clearly a disservice to these stakeholders)



  20. Carl Josefsson Lets Judge Patrick Corcoran Come Back to Work at the EPO

    After initial reluctance to obey/respect the rulings from the ILO (security staff declining access) there is official permission for Patrick Corcoran to enter and resume work (following 3 years of injustice against him)



  21. Bristows is Being Hammered With Negative Comments For Its Unitary Patent (UPC) Lies

    The Unified Patent Court (UPC) is practically dead in the UK and Ireland; Bristows, nevertheless, continues with its desperate spin



  22. Links 11/12/2017: Linux 4.15 RC3, Debian 8.10 and Debian 9.3

    Links for the day



  23. Judge Corcoran Turns to His Government for Help and EPO 'House Ban' is Finally Lifted

    Sources that are very reliable say that Patrick Corcoran is coming back to work, however it's now clear when and how long for



  24. Raw: Battistelli's Control/Domination Over the Boards of Appeal

    An old EPO document internally voicing concerns about the lack of independence at the Boards of Appeal



  25. Raw: Conflicts of Interest of EPO Vice-President

    An old EPO concern regarding structural collisions and mixed loyalties



  26. Microsoft-Connected Patent Trolls Are Increasingly Active and Microsoft is Selling 'Protection' (Azure Subscriptions)

    There are several indications that Microsoft-connected shells, which produce no products and are threatening a large number of companies, are inadvertently if not intentionally helping Microsoft sell "indemnification" ("Azure IP Advantage," which echoes the Microsoft/Novell strategy for collecting what they called "patent royalties" one decade ago)



  27. Yes, RPost is Definitely a Patent Troll and Its Software Patents Are at Risk Thanks to Alice

    The latest whitewashing (or reputation-laundering) pieces from Watchtroll, which tries to justify patent-trolling activities with software patents, typically in the Eastern District of Texas



  28. The Latest Scams in the Patent World

    Examples of 'dirty laundry' of the patent microcosm, which it understandably does not like covering (as it harms confidence in their services/advice)



  29. Patents Are Becoming a Welfare System for the Rich and Powerful

    A culture of litigation and more recently the patenting of broad industry standards may mean that multi-billion dollar corporations are cashing in without lifting a finger



  30. Unlike the Mobile Domain, When it Comes to Cars Patent Lawsuits Remain Rare

    An optimistic note regarding the relatively low-temperature legal landscape surrounding advanced automobiles, even though patents are being amassed on software in that domain


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts