SCO Group Narrows Earnings Loss, Expands Legal Fight

SCO Group Narrows Earnings Loss, Expands Legal Fight

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(New York-Dow Jones/AP) -- The S-C-O Group of Utah narrowed its loss for the latest quarter despite the cost of its ongoing effort to collect payments from users of Linux software.

The Lindon, company also expanded its legal campaign today, threatening to bring lawsuits against some large U-S companies using Linux that don't agree to buy licenses.

S-C-O said it was issuing letters to "select Fortune one thousand Linux end users" outlining evidence of copyright infringement.

S-C-O claims its intellectual property has been transferred into Linux, an operating system that is maintained partly by enthusiasts and distributed for free.

In March, it sued International Business Machines Corporation and later sent letters to large companies using Linux seeking royalty payments.

In the fourth quarter ended October 31st, S-C-O reported a loss of one-point-six (M)million dollars, or 12 cents a share, on revenue of 24-point-three (M)million dollars. That compared with a loss of two-point-seven (M)million dollars, or 26 cents a share, on revenue of 15-point-five (M)million dollars, last year.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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