SCO Protest and Anti-Protest
By Pamela Jones
June 22, 2003
There was a protest against SCO in Utah on Friday by Linux groups there, who look
like a mighty pleasant and creative group of clean-cut folks, as reported on Slashdot
and local papers. You can look at pictures of the protest here [ http://mirror.lug-nut.com/
]. You can watch a video of the protest here [ http://mirror.lug-nut.com/sco-protest-cd.mov
Protesters allege that SCO sent out employees and signs that said terrible things
such as "I love software piracy" and "Give Communism a Try" and that they tried
to pretend they were part of the protest. If this is true, first of all shame on
SCO and second, they are maybe not realizing that trade libel is actionable, and
Linux is trademarked.
Here is a picture of the SCO security guard walking past some signs propped up against
the wall of the SCO building near a door in which you can see the "I love software
Compare it with these shots one protester took of the signs [ http://www.kuwan.net/scoAntiProtest/index.html
Here is a picture of one group of protesters. Do they look like pirates or commies
to you? Or just a nice family that loves Linux enough to join in a show of support
for their favorite operating system?
Here is the "I love software piracy sign up close. If you look through the pictures
of the protest, here and there you will see the sign, always in the back, always
with the face of the person holding it not visible.
Eyewitness Confirms Nasty Signs Came From Inside SCO Building
I have just confirmed in an email interview with a member of the Utah protest group
that the nasty signs about piracy and communism seen at the protest against SCO
were not brought or carried by anyone in their group. Here is what the email says
"First, I was the first protester there, as we had everybody meet at two other locations,
I was there to catch anybody coming early. As soon as the crowd started driving
in at 3, this group of people came out of the sco building with their posters. ...After
milling around, they planted their posters at the sco entrance (which we were not
allowed to approach), went back in the building, then afterwards, to their cars
in the sco lot and left."
What kind of smear campaign is this? To paint Linux users as pirates and worse?
"Terrorists use Linux" and "communists like Linux", etc.? It's truly defamatory.
The truth is that what happened in Utah on Friday demonstrates questionable ethics
not among Linux users but at SCO headquarters. Whose idea was it, I wonder, and
will there be an apology? Thanks to the internet, the story is out, and the proof
is available for one and all to see. Personally, I am shocked and offended.
I also hope everyone takes a look at all the photographs [ http://mirror.lug-nut.com/
] of the event, because the people that showed up for this event look so appealing
and clean-cut and good-natured and pleasant even in their protest that all you have
to do is look at them and then at the horrible, libelous signs to know who is on
the dark side. Take a look at the photo of the security guard's face as he sculks
past the signs and then look at the faces of the protesters and ask yourself: who
do you trust? If SCO would do something this dishonest and underhanded, can we trust
what they are saying about the code and where it came from? Which reminds me. One
of the protesters wore a black tee shirt that said: "Open Source. It's the difference
between trust and antitrust."
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