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Novell Pressures SCO for Money

"Mr. Emerson and I discussed a variety of investment structures wherein Microsoft would 'backstop,' or guarantee in some way, BayStar's investment.... Microsoft assured me that it would in some way guarantee BayStar's investment in SCO."

--Larry Goldfarb, investor in SCO



Darl McBride

HOW HAS this litigious farce dragged on for half a decade? Who funded this whole lost battle? And who fueled for action in the first place?



"Give us the money," says Novell to SCO, whose role is funnily enough being inherited by Novell, which offers only its own customers "intellectual property peace of mind."

Groklaw was the only site that covered SCO matters. Here is the motion where Novell goes in for the money (i.e. for the kill):

Novell reminds the court, $625,486.90, "based on an uncontested reading of trust tracing law and SCO's relevant daily balance information" regarding the Sun SVRX royalties that the court concluded were Novell's from that deal, $2,547,817. What they don't agree on is when SCO should pay it.


SCO is starting to play some more bizarre games with money. It merely continues this queer pattern.

Am I going nuts or is SCO sending money to the foreign subsidiaries? Take a look.

[...]

Unless I am misreading this, SCO seems now to be sending more than that to SCO India alone. With SCO shrinking before our eyes, why are the subsidiaries needing more money now? I have no explanation.


This isn't the first peculiar transaction and a recent roundup can be found here.

Over the past week there have also been several hilarious SCO cartoons:

  1. It's Only A Matter Of Time


  2. Shell Games For Fun And Profit


  3. Ubersoft's Help Desk ... A reorganization plan for SCO


SCO won't be around for much longer (because "Microsoft needed a new shill" and it found Novell). But the cartoons will stay.

Is there already a company called "Scovell"? Is that a trademark?

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