Here's SCO's Exhibit C, another of the exhibits attached to SCO's Report Regarding Discovery Pursuant to the Order of the Court Dated August 6, 2004 in SCO v. IBM, as text, thanks to juliac. It's a January 2005 email from AutoZone attorney David Stewart to SCO's Chris Iannicelli and David Stone, asking a few pleasant questions regarding document production. In it, we learn that SCO provided AutoZone with a script to search for files. AutoZone asks if they want them to do things this way or like that.
We see the same pattern with most of the defendant in the SCO litigations. They start out -- except for DaimlerChrysler, who came out swinging at the first bell -- polite and gentlemanly and straightforward, the kind of lawyering you typically see. Then, at some point, each realizes that they are dealing with what Illuminata analyst Jonathan Eunice back in July of 2003 called SCO -- a "psycho killer", metaphorically speaking. (One hopes.)
I believe AutoZone must have now figured out just what they are dealing with, after reading SCO's Report, and I hope they now grasp that with SCO, you should admit absolutely nothing but name, rank, and serial number. If you acknowledge the tiniest, stupidest, most insignificant nit, the kind of thing that normally would be no issue at all, they will give it an enormous, ugly SCOtwist, and that nit will end up costing you the pain of hearing yourself called names in some document in the litigation. At a minimum. Hardball is apparently the only game SCO knows, their world view of software is their own, and they appear to me to use legal documents as PR opportunities. And you can't even sue them for the name calling, because they do it in legal filings.
AutoZone knows the SCO M.O. now, though, I'm guessing, so I expect we'll see some changes in tone when AutoZone answers the SCO Report, to correct, as they have said they will, what they call SCO's "material misstatements".
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From: Stewart, David [email address]
Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 6:08 PM
To: Chris Iannicelli; David Stone
Subject: Document Production Questions
Chris and David:
This follows-up on my conversation with Chris this afternoon about several questions we have related to the
mechanics of the document production. These questions are as follows:
1. AutoZone has run the script you provided on the store load machine at AutoZone's headquarters. The
script identified 15 SCO-ELF and Xenix files. AutoZone is making a copy of these files and will produce them to
you. Each of these files likely also exist on all 3,500 AutoZone store servers. We are assuming that production of
the 15 files from the load machine will be sufficient and that you do not need copies of the files from each of the
3,500 individual store servers, or an identification of which servers have copies of the files and which do not.
2. AutoZone will run the script you provided on each of the individual store servers remotely. If the
program identifies additional SCO-ELF or Xenix files on any store servers, is it sufficient if we simply provide you
with a copy of each file without an identification of which store server each additional file was on?
3. In the prior production, with your client's permission, AutoZone deleted the SCO files it found on its
computers after making copies to provide to you. I am assuming that this is the same protocol we should follow
with the current production. However, if it is not, please let me know as soon as possible.
4. David had originally indicated that he would like to receive images of ten random store servers. We
have discussed previously the difficulties of imaging store servers, and I requested that this number be reduced to
five. Please let me know if that number is acceptable. We are in the process of obtaining a master store list, and
will provide it to you as soon as possible so that you can select the store servers you wish to have imaged.
5. Finally, it is probably appropriate to at least pencil in a date for the deposition you plan to take. Can
you give me dates that work for you so that I can try to lock them down with the appropriate AutoZone witness?
David J. Stewart
Alston & Bird LLP
[address, phone, email]