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SCO Is Done: Court Rules Novell Owns UNIX And UnixWare Copyrights

Saturday, August 11th, 2007...12:55 am

SCO Is Done: Court Rules Novell Owns UNIX And UnixWare Copyrights


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It seems like such a long time ago that this whole mess started, and checking the date it was. SCO filed their lawsuit back in March of 2003. It’s taken over 4 years and millions of dollars in legal fees to reach a conclusion most people thought was pretty clear from the outset - Novell owns the Unix and UnixWare copyrights.

From Groklaw:

Hot off the presses: Judge Dale Kimball has issued a 102-page ruling [PDF] on the numerous summary judgment motions in SCO v. Novell. Here it is as text. Here is what matters most:

“[T]he court concludes that Novell is the owner of the UNIX and UnixWare Copyrights.”

That’s Aaaaall, Folks! The court also ruled that “SCO is obligated to recognize Novell’s waiver of SCO’s claims against IBM and Sequent”. That’s the ball game. There are a couple of loose ends, but the big picture is, SCO lost. Oh, and it owes Novell a lot of money from the Microsoft and Sun licenses.

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