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Guess Who Owns
Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 01:54 AM EDT

Guess who owns the domain If you check betterwhois, you find that Eric le Blan owns the domain, but if you go to Germany's equivalent,, a familiar SCO name appears.

Hans Bayer, the former CEO for The SCO Group GmbH (still listed on SCO's website as a SCO executive, as Vice President Worldwide Sales).

So, is unXis a separate entity, or just SCOfolk, or what's the real deal?

Update: If you read through the comments, you'll find that readers have been checking at various countries' whois records. And folks began buying up this name in at least one case on the same day as the June 15 hearing. At the hearing, SCOfolk testified that the deal had only just been inked, literally a last-minute surprise. Yet the domain, according to Nominet, was purchased by Eric le Blan that same day, but when?

Remember that the June 15 hearing was scheduled to hear motions to convert SCO to Chapter 7. It was not scheduled to hear arguments about a hearing on a sales plan. Yet the domain name was already being bought that day. And it began at 2 PM Eastern time, Delaware time. Eric Le Blan registered on Tucows, according to BetterWhoIs, on June 15 at 22:27:14 GMT; at "15-Jun-2009 22:27:07 UTC" and at "15-Jun-2009 22:27:22 UTC".

In Italy, the domain was purchased by a SCO regional manager on July 9. And was purchased by a SCO distributor, Jutz Josef, too. Why are SCO partners and employees buying up this domain name?


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Guess Who Owns
Authored by: kjb on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 02:16 AM EDT
And PJ said "Let no stone be unturned." And SCO buckled under the weight of the stones PJ overturned. And God saw it was good. Awesome, PJ. Just, truly awesome.

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IBM not stupid
Authored by: garbage on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 02:18 AM EDT
Aha! Nice catch PJ!

I imagined IBM had a reason to want to go digging into this entity.

I cant wait to see the fireworks in court when their lawyers reveal all to the

To a person outside the US system its both appalling & incomprehensible to
see how a cashed up litigant can vexatiously prolong court procedures
endlessly as these criminals have in the USA.

Salivating at the chance to read the June 15 stuff now..

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Guess Who Owns
Authored by: Kelledin on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 02:30 AM EDT

My guess is, the bankruptcy judge is going to have someone's butt in a
sling before the unXis sideshow is through playing out. Though I have to
wonder if SCO even expected this latest sham sale agreement to survive
scrutiny? In any event this little detail should spice up IBM's unXis

<Lionel Hutz> I'll be defending...The SCO Group!!!??? Even if I lose,
I'll be famous!

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It could be just opportunism
Authored by: whoever57 on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 02:34 AM EDT
Just opportunism (domain squatting) by Mr Bayer?

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Guess Who Owns
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 03:01 AM EDT
Or, could it be that Hans Bayer is almost the equivalent of John Smith?

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Selling it to themselves
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 03:48 AM EDT
So SCO are trying to sell bits off to themselves, or at least people faithful to
the cause. If that IS the case, where is the cash injection coming from. The
same folks as last time?

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Corrections here please
Authored by: tiger99 on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 03:53 AM EDT
If any are needed to this short article.

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OT here please
Authored by: tiger99 on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 03:55 AM EDT
This is the off topic thread. So posts about the ownership of unXis go
elsewhere. Please remember the posting guidelines, make clickies where possible,
and have fun!

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Newspick discussions here please
Authored by: tiger99 on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 03:57 AM EDT
Please mention which Groklaw newspick item you are referring to in the title of
your post.

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If Four of them do it
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 03:57 AM EDT
in Harmony, they might think it's a movement (Alice's Restaurant) Hans Bayer 20090624 15:19:17 Orlando Zanni 2009-07-09 14:49:55 Eric le Blan 15-Jun-2009

sorry that's only three, but you get the picture

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Guess Who Owns
Authored by: dio gratia on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 04:57 AM EDT
If you open the website you get a copy of an SCO web page. A
check with traceroute shows it's hosted in the UK.

It's a copy of

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Has anyone traced the MX & NS records
Authored by: Peter Baker on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 08:15 AM EDT
Apologies, but I don't have a Unix prompt handy right now to
do a "dig" - it may be worth checking NS (nameserver) and MX
(mail exchange) records of such domains as well.

Often the owner hides behind a privacy screen, but tracing
where the domain is hosted, managed and receives email gives
extra data. In addition, geo-locating IP addresses can also
offer extra information.

Regards (sorry, in haste), Peter

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Guess Who Owns
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 08:24 AM EDT
Russia is also interesting:

domain: UNXIS.RU
org: "Business Console" Ltd.
created: 2009.06.24

Business Console is a SCO premier partner.

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  • Brilliant! - Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 09:47 AM EDT
UnXis in Canada
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 09:32 AM EDT
This one is strange, because the renewal date for the registration is
2010/02/01, so the timing doesn't seem to coincide with SCO's proposed sale. The
site is registered to a Sanjay Pattni in Toronto.

Administrative contact
Name: Sanjay Pattni
Address: UNXIS Inc
198 Tavistock Road
Toronto ON M3M 2P6 Canada

The company has a website that looks hastily put together. On its "about
us" page, , the company claims to be
an IT consultancy with expertise in UNiX, among other things.

Does anybody see a smoking gun connection between this and SCO, or is
it a fluke that there is a preexisting Canadian company with this name?

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Hans Bayer Bio
Authored by: sk43 on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 01:30 PM EDT
He's still with SCO. Started in 1992. Ran Caldera's Erlangen Linux development center for a bit unless Caldera shut it down and all the developers moved over to SuSE.

Hans Bayer – Vice President Worldwide Sales

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Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 02:02 PM EDT
That is going to make for one interesting IBM deposition. I wondered why they
wanted it ;)


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Sanjay Pattni’s Summary
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 02:04 PM EDT
<a href="">
LinkedIn Profile </a> <p>
<blockquote>Sanjay is also the founder of UNXIS, a consulting firm
specialized and focused on helping companies through effective use of people,
processes and technology. UNXIS provides consulting services to Royal Bank of
Canada, Endless communications, Cosette communications, and

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Guess Who Owns
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 03:13 PM EDT
I guess I don't see a big conspiracy here.

If the profitable bits of SCO get sold to unXis (yeah, I know, fat chance), then the overseas bits (most of whom seem at least moderately profitable) are going to have to change their names to unXis. So it makes sense that the overseas bits are buying up new domain names before some cybersquatter takes them. It's not like it's a major investment.

Of all the conspiracy theories around here, this one seems pretty weak.

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Nothing to see here, Move along please
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 04:54 PM EDT
If I were selling a pile of well worn assets, a bit shabby,
still legal doubts over some previous contracts, I might
like to polish the sale a bit by throwing in a website
registration for the countries the business operates in.
Who better to register those domains than my servants
in the territories.

What the buyer does with the goods is no concern of mine,
but it's amazing what an astute business person can do
with a catchily named website and a wisp of IP.

I don't like giving the other side ideas, but when I last looked
ten hours ago, es, pt, fr, be, nl, dk, se, no, hu were still free.
I was offered some of them for $6.95/month, but in my
day job domain squatter, like SEO, is a wash-your-mouth-out

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Guess Who Owns
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 05:31 PM EDT

The GPL give users the freedom to do what they want. It just doesn't give
corporations to do what they want and restrict their users to do what they want
with the code.

I am paying taxes so I need to be able to do what I want with the government
funded coding. Independently if I get it from Microsoft or anybody else.

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Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 11 2009 @ 07:29 PM EDT

Anyone interested in buying a bit of future history?


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July 9th is not a smoking gun
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 12 2009 @ 05:52 AM EDT
June 9th would be, but July 9th was last Thursday. I am not seeing anyone
registering things prior to the announcement. It is fairly clearly a sham
company, but I am unconvinced that the domain registrations by SCO employees
proves much.

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Just when you thought they couldn't ...
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 12 2009 @ 10:41 AM EDT
... get any more (insert favorite term here). The only way this could be worse
for SCO would be to find Darl McBride's name on a WHOIS record for unXis.

I'm expecting a jury foreman to stand up any second and say, "We find the
defendant incredibly guilty!", followed by a sentence of "Five years
in Sing-Sing!" and a bunch of singers in black-and-white stripes singing
"Prisoners of Love." Honestly, I sometimes wonder if I'm watching a
Mel Brooks movie in slow-motion, instead of a court case.

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Lucy is setting up the football again
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 12 2009 @ 06:22 PM EDT

I'll let you decide who Charlie Brown is.

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Copyright of photographs
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, July 13 2009 @ 07:54 AM EDT
Perhaps not along the same lines, but "publishing" of photographs you
take of the Eiffel Tower (at night) is subject to French copyright law. Casual
reading suggests that other buildings and structures (Madison Square Garden, the
St. Louis Arch, the TransAmerica building, etc.) also subject photographers to
copyright, with (maybe?) exception for fair use. Another interesting use of
"IP" protection is almost anything dealing with the word
"lympic" with an "o" prefixed to it (and, I believe, many
images that look like five interlocked circles).

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Guess Who Owns
Authored by: seanlynch on Tuesday, July 14 2009 @ 11:43 AM EDT
Why are SCO partners and employees buying up this domain name?

So they can sue unXis for infringement in the future!

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Hans Bayer was contact for in 2007.
Authored by: darkonc on Thursday, July 16 2009 @ 01:22 AM EDT
me@me-laptop:~$ whois
Name: Hans Bayer
Address: ((redacted))
Pcode: ((redacted))
City: Bad Homburg v.d.H.
Country: DE
Changed: 2007-11-22T14:33:28+01:00

So, it looks like he was the admin contact a year and a half ago for the domain. It would be interesting to see if SCO owned it before June. (Emphasis mine.)

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