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Microsoft was behind SCO's move the 'guaranteed' a big loan that a VC firm gave to SCO.
Their current attack against linus was to sucker Novell/Suse into a patent cross-licensing agreement - Novell needed the money and their lawyers weren't sharp enough to understand what MS had planned until it was too late. MS has used that agreement to bully two other linux embedding/distributing companies into paying up, I don't remember off hand who, I think one was Fujitsu.
It is expected that the next version of the GNU Public License (GPLv3) will specifically forbid the kind of end-run that MS pulled with software patent cross-licensing. One reason the GPLv2 did not prevent it was that software patents did not exist at the time the GPLv2 was drafted (and they still don't exist in the EU and most other countries, although the lobbyists are trying very hard to change that).
Copyright is not property, it is merely a temporary loan from the public domain.