Judge Rules That Novell, Not SCO, Owns Unix Copyrights

from the whoops dept

For years, ever since SCO first sued IBM for infringement found in Linux, SCO has had trouble proving any of its claims. SCO was still quite cocky about the idea that once the case (and the various associated cases) got to court, it would show that SCO had a smoking gun all along. However, even judges involved in the case are skeptical and point out the lack of evidence to support SCO's position. One offshoot case, you may recall, was that soon after the original SCO-IBM case was filed, Novell came out and announced that it still owned the copyrights on Unix, and SCO was incorrect in claiming the rights had been transferred. In fact, Novell pointed out that behind the scenes SCO had been quietly begging Novell to transfer the copyright to them. However, SCO continued its brash legal fight against reality and sued Novell. Late Friday the ruling came down, and once again, SCO was on the losing side. The judge found that Novell still owns the copyrights to Unix, meaning that the meat of SCO's case against IBM may have just disappeared. In retrospect, it's fairly amazing the lengths that SCO and its supporters have gone in trying to tar everyone who questioned their position. Don't expect an apology, though.

Filed Under: linux, unix
Companies: ibm, novell, sco

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    Andrew, 13 Aug 2007 @ 4:40am

    It only makes sense as a FUD strategy

    Totallly agree with you - how crazy is it that SCO pursued this course of action when it knew it didn't even own the copyrights? Well, to me it makes sense if only if they were put up to the job by someone with a vested interest in keeping Linux out of the data center, and off the desktop. No idea who that could be, but it would have to be someone like that.

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