Microsoft Backed Out Of Role In Linux Suit: Investor

Law360, New York (October 9, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp. helped trigger a copyright infringement lawsuit against IBM Corp. by agreeing to back an investment in SCO Group Inc., a Unix vendor that says the Linux operating system is stacked with stolen code, according to court documents.

Microsoft’s vicarious attack on IBM and Linux was suggested under oath by the founder of investment firm BayStar Capital Management LLC, which invested $50 million in SCO before the company’s lawsuit was filed.

Although Microsoft has denied that it backed the investment, the BayStar founder, Lawrence Goldfarb,...
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