Looks like the FTC has an on-line complaint form...
This is what I just sent... Please pass this around to anyone you think might be interested.
The SCO Group has made a very public declaration that all users of
Linux software owe them money because of unsubstantiated
intellectual property violations ( see
The basis for their claims are: copyright infringement, trade secret
violations and other vague "IP rights" violations.
A lot of the source code they are using to prove copyright
infringement wasn't actually written for (or by) SCO, but originally
came from BSD Unix which is in the public domain. The remainder of
their evidence has been demonstrated to come from older Unix code
that does not have a valid copyright (a consequence of AT&T's case
against Berkeley, which AT&T lost).
The trade secrets claims are made against technologies like
read-copy-update which was patented and cannot be a trade secret,
and the JFS filesystem which was developed by IBM in an open and
well documented manner.
SCO, to the best of my knowledge, holds no Unix patents so I have no
idea what other "IP rights" they are referring to in their press
Their current business practices can be summarized in this way: (1)
extortion: we don't have a business relationship with you, but you
should pay us now for IP claims we haven't (or can't) substantiate
or we'll sue you, and (2) a constant stream of ever-expanding legal
claims and press releases designed to inflate their stock price
(have you noticed how SCO management have been dumping stock
Please stop the insanity.