Do you remember at the 2004 Otis Wilson deposition the SCO lawyer who said, "Where is Freud when you need him?" And then IBM's David Marriott answered, "Dead." To remind you and provide the context, here's the interchange:
MARRIOTT: [reading from Mr. Wilson's earlier written Declaration] "I understood that many of our licensees invested substantial amounts of time, effort and creativity in developing products based on UNIX System V. The derivative works provision of the software agreement was not meant to appropriate for IBM" -- "was not meant to appropriate for AT&T," rather, "or USL the technology developed by our licensees." Is that -
MR. GANT: Where is Dr. Freud when we need him?
MR. MARRIOTT: Dead."
I thought they were both quite clever. Well, there is a motion [PDF] to let Gant leave the case now also. SCO is losing attorneys right and left. The motion doesn't say why. I'm guessing maybe Boies Schiller read the latest SCO financials? No, I'm just kidding. I have no idea why.
Gant is the author of an article, by the way, "The Law of Unintended Consequences." I know. My irony meter is exploding too. I'm kidding around, of course as usual. The full title is "The Law of Unintended Consequences: Supreme Court Jurisdiction Over Interlocutory Class Certification Rulings," in case you're looking for something to take to the beach to read before the season is over for the year. Anyway, I thought we should mark his departure, since we've been through so much together.
Here's his bio on Findlaw. He's actually an impressive guy, and I'm really glad he's heading off to other adventures in another galaxy far, far away from the SCO alternate universe. Mr. Gant may be looking forward to it too. Probably Mr. Wilson feels the same way. I doubt Mr. Marriott cares one way or another who comes at him. He just stands his ground, no matter who SCO sends. But everyone enjoys someone with a sense of humor, and so, farewell Mr. Gant. We enjoyed watching you at work.
By the way, the court still can't find Mr. Frei to tell him about the two new SCO lawyers. I guess that proves the court doesn't read Groklaw.
Speaking of lawyers, there is a fascinating discussion by some lawyers going on at the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog, where they are debating the HP story, using the Larry Sonsini-Tom Perkins email exchange as the springboard.
Update: I hear from stats_for_all that Mr. Gant has written a book that we really will want to read, at least I know I will. It's about bloggers and the law. Here's the info:
We’re All Journalists Now:
The Transformation of the Press
and Reshaping of the Law in the Internet Age
The Free Press, 2007