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[News] [Rival] "Darl McBride and the Gang" and the Relationship to Al-Waleed bin Talal Al Saud

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] "Darl McBride and the Gang" and the Relationship to Al-Waleed bin Talal Al Saud
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2009 17:25:56 +0100
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Some Background on the Pelican Case - Updated

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| If you are interested in the Pelican Equity 
| litigation against Darl McBride and the gang, here's 
| an article in Capital Madrid, a Spanish financial 
| newsletter, that provides some background on the 
| parties. If you don't read Spanish, you can use 
| Google Translate. Here's the English translation.
| The article particularly focuses on Robert Brazell's 
| accomplishments, because one of his businesses is in 
| the news in the Spanish language press, and it 
| mentions that Steven Norris is "a friend of the 
| Bushes and of Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal Al 
| Saud" ("amigo de los Bush y del prÃncipe saudà Al-
| Waleed bin Talal Al Saud").
| I always remember at the beginning of the saga a SCO 
| executive, Chris Sontag, saying we shouldn't be 
| surprised if the government submitted an amicus 
| brief in the SCO v. IBM case. That implied to me 
| that they expected an appeal, at least, at which 
| point they thought the government would support 
| them, allegedly because of concerns about terrorists 
| using Linux. If you recall, one of SCO's allegations 
| in its complaint is that IBM had violated export 
| regulations. Mozilla actually inquired about that 
| issue in connection with Firefox, by the way, and it 
| seems SCO's dreams were misplaced. It received a 
| letter stating Firefox does not violate export 
| regulations, which likely will impact the IBM case. 
| Of course, SCO executives have said a lot of things, 
| so maybe that hope of an amicus brief was more a 
| dream than not, and the administration has since 
| changed, but then again, who knows? My job is just 
| to let you know everything I find, and others can do 
| the rest.



SCO CEO likely will be forced out of job

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| Darl McBride said Monday he regrets that he is being pushed out as CEO of The 
| SCO Group software company but not his decision to sue IBM and Novell, 
| lawsuits that led to the company's bankruptcy and ultimately his departure.  



In His Own Words: McBride

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| Suddenly, all the "fat lady" and "it ain't over till it's over" metaphors 
| were trotted out. SCO isn't dead yet, look out Linux fans! 
| With all due respect to my colleagues in the press: puh-leeze.
| First off, most people with a modicum of sense knew the litigation wasn't 
| over. With bankruptcy proceedings and the SCO v. everybody cases... there was 
| very little chance that this was all going to fade away into the abyss. At 
| most, all of these legal proceedings will enough new cash to keep things 
| going faster--provided the court approves the restucturing plan. Which, as 
| far as I know, the court hasn't approved yet. The York Group reorganization 
| proposal was nixed, you may recall.       


,----[ Quote ]
| The media reaction to SCO's flurry of press releases and teleconference
| yesterday is intriguing. Just from the headlines, you can see how well it
| did or didn't go.
| [...]
| "If people think SCO has gone crazy or 'MAD' it's now official,"
| McBride said.


SCO Tried to Gag Groklaw in 2004

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| So SCO tried to gag Groklaw beginning in 2004. It moved on to
| false insinuations to journalists, ugly innuendo during a conference
| about me and Groklaw, having friendly journalists with PIs try to
| dig up dirt on me, a massive astroturfing campaign all over the
| internet, and then finally to intimidation with their recent motion.
| Well, I'm gagging, all right, but not in a good way, and certainly
| not in the way SCO hoped.
| I will respond like this, seriously for a moment. This is America.
| I am an American citizen. I was born here, born to certain rights
| as my birthright. I'm allowed to cover this litigation without
| being harassed and intimidated or threatened or gagged. I'm
| allowed to present facts that disprove SCO's public allegations.
| I am allowed to write what I believe is the truth, and I'm 
| to present research about the allegations.

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