SCO Loses Yet Again; Is It Finally Over?
from the will-it-ever-die? dept
Is the bogus “we own Linux” lawsuit from SCO finally, finally over? I guess we can never say never, because it keeps coming back from the dead. However, it’s taken another head shot. As you may recall, many years back SCO claimed to own the copyrights on Unix, and sued IBM and some other Linux users for infringing on their copyrights — though, it never actually showed any evidence to back that up. Soon after all this started, Novell came along and noted that, as far as it knew, Novell still held the copyrights, not SCO. So the legal battle shifted to who actually held the copyrights, and SCO has repeatedly come out with the short end of the stick. First a judge ruled that Novell held the copyrights. After an appeals court said that a jury should decide that issue, rather than the judge, the case went back to a jury who also found that Novell, not SCO, held the copyrights. SCO then told the judge that the jury didn’t really mean what it said in plain language, and said that the judge should order Novell to hand over the copyrights anyway.
That’s not happening. Once again, the judge has ruled for Novell over SCO. In theory, this should end the whole saga. The judge ordered that the case be closed, and without the copyrights, SCO’s suit against IBM is dead as well. Will SCO give it up finally? Or will it somehow be reanimated yet again?