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Latest Blepp on SCO screen: Does VP in Germany have disputed code in briefcase?

By Chris Preimesberger on April 14, 2004 (8:00:00 AM)

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The SCO Group apparently is as baffled as everybody else at a report on the German Web site Spiegel and featured by the U.S. paralegal site Groklaw that one of its vice presidents, Gregory Blepp, is carrying important intellectual property court evidence around in his personal briefcase.

Blepp told Spiegel that he has "millions of lines" of the disputed Linux code in his own briefcase.

SCO Group, as many NewsForge readers are aware, is suing a number of companies -- including some longtime clients such as IBM and DaimlerChrysler -- for alleged IP violations regarding use of proprietary Unix System V code within installed Linux systems. A federal magistrate has asked SCO Group to prove the violations by submitting definitive code samples, which the Lindon, Utah-based company has not yet produced.

According to this new report, the code needed to bolster the lawsuits is in the briefcase of Blepp, who serves as the company's vice president of licensing operations.

"'I have proof right here in my suitcase,'" Blepp said in the Spiegel story, translated by a Groklaw reader. "Out of the five million lines of the Linux source code, there are about 1 [million] to 1.5 million lines affected," Blepp said.

Why would a SCO Group vice president based in Germany say he has valuable documentation SCO Group needs to prove its IP infringement cases? And why would he wait so long after the filing of the lawsuits (IBM in March 2003, DaimlerChrysler last month, to name two) to go public with his assertion?

At first, SCO Group spokesman Blake Stowell was taken aback by the report. "This is the first I've heard of this," Stowell said Wednesday afternoon.

Due to the lateness of the hour in Germany, Stowell was unable to connect with Blepp, but he later offered an explanation.

"The code that I believe Gregory is referring to has nothing to do with the SCO vs. IBM case," Stowell told NewsForge late Wednesday.

"The code that Gregory is referring to is some of the same code that SCO began showing to media, analysts, and other opinion leaders under non-disclosure during the summer of 2003. This code is one of many examples that the company has shown in order to prove that there is misappropriated Unix code in Linux."

Still, there was no direct contact with Blepp Wednesday to get his story firsthand. NewsForge will follow up on this as soon as possible.

"No, I was not able to speak with him, but I saw this very same example of code that he refers to during a meeting yesterday," Stowell added. "It's a very common example of what we have been showing as proof of infringement."

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for hire

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 15, 2004 07:02 AM
we need a name and home address ^_-

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Why?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 15, 2004 07:06 AM
Why on earth does this guy cary what would be valuable evidence in his briefcase instead of giving it to his lawer?

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suprised!

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 15, 2004 07:35 AM
"At first, SCO Group spokesman Blake Stowell was taken aback by the report. "This is the first I've heard of this," Stowell said Wednesday afternoon. "

yeah the reason he was so suprised was because it was news to Blake that they even had any sort of "proof."<nobr> <wbr></nobr>;o)

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The two Blakes

Posted by: Don de Los Alamos on April 15, 2004 08:00 AM

"The code that I believe Gregory is referring to has
nothing to do with the SCO vs. IBM case," Stowell told NewsForge late
Wednesday.



Then from the other Blake Stowell on Planet Zierkonian: ""The code that Gregory is referring to is some of the
same code that SCO began showing to media, analysts, and other opinion
leaders under non-disclosure during the summer of 2003. This code is
one of many *\\examples*\\ that
the company has shown in order to prove that
there is misappropriated UNIX code in Linux."



Running this through my
secret-super-cyber-defibbifier:    # make truth
&& make clean



# results compiled in 2.06 [ms] "The code that Gregory is refering to
is ** the code Caldera/SCO has been releasing under the GPL for years
& the rest falls under the property of the Regents of the University
of California Berkeley."

# end results [press M for more Q to quit defibbifier]



*Like granpa Medicine Horse used to tell us as kids: "When the chips
are down....the Buffalo is empty."

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Red Hat lawsuit response

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 15, 2004 08:50 AM
There's a nice contradiction in SCO's response to Red Hat's lawsuit. Publicly, they claim infringment unrelated to IBM, and in court, they claim virtually all infringement is related to IBM.

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20030917<nobr>2<wbr></nobr> 23453469

"The previously filed SCO v. IBM Case addresses most, if not all, of the issues of copyright infringement and misappropriation. If these issues are decided against SCO in that case, then Red Hat's lawsuit becomes unnecessary."

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Nothing to do with the case?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 15, 2004 03:56 PM

"The code that I believe Gregory is referring to has nothing to do with the SCO vs. IBM case," Stowell told NewsForge late Wednesday.


"The code that Gregory is referring to is some of the same code that SCO began showing to media, analysts, and other opinion leaders under non-disclosure during the summer of 2003. This code is one of many examples that the company has shown in order to prove that there is misappropriated Unix code in Linux."



Which is very much evidence in the IBM vs SCO countersuit , which SCO keeps conveniently forgetting...

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OOOOOOuuuuu! Spy Stuff!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 15, 2004 07:29 PM
Great stuff for a movie! A secretive idiot becomes big-mouth because nobody noticed him. Just imagine all those crazed GNU/Linux freaks following the chump through the narrow streets of obscure German villages, cloaked in early evening fog. I can see it now. A trench-coated, figure in a shadowy doorway, with a WalMart imitation leather briefcase handcuffed to his balls...., an hysterical long-haired type who looks strangely like RMS trying to wrench the briefcase from him. Eerie inhuman screams pierce the fog. The 'kaflop-kaflop' sounds of warn-out commie-pinko Linux geek tenny-kickers scurrying off into the obscurity..........

--glanz

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sc dohhhhhh

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 15, 2004 08:19 PM
Dieee SCO Dieeeeeeeeeeee......

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He is right

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 15, 2004 08:33 PM
The proof is in the briefcase alright... on these invisible sheets of paper. Can't you see it? It is right there he says. Then he pulls out a gun and says "You see them too, don't you?" "Say that you see them!"


Maybe with this "proof" the judge can have the SCO guys and their crazy legal help comitted to a local assylum. Then they can be put in jail for securities fraud. They were NOT crazy when they tried to pump and dump their stock. Send them to Sing Sing for 50 years, in the GP.


Another thought... maybe he is advertising this so that someone will steal the briefcase - and the ONLY proof that they have! Hey, it makes as much sense as the rest of their claims. Then he will look into the camera and say "I did have proof of infringement! Those bad Linux guys took it!" while waving his hand around and pounding on the table.


Sure bud.

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Bad spy book/movie

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 16, 2004 12:11 AM
I picture the conclusion to this with this doofus laying dying in his own pool of blood, (no I'm not saying there should be any violence against SCO..just the image that came to my mind...) with his last bit of strength, he crawls over to the briefcase, unlocks it, flips it open....


<nobr> <wbr></nobr>..the wind catches the pages of 'evidence' and start blowing them away...they're all blank....



The doofus screams out "Darl! You bastard!" and dies.



Scene changes to Darl sitting on a beach laughing...



No that last part doesn't sound right.



How about - Scene changes to Darl in prison coveralls being gang rap...oh never mind....

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