SCO Group Suffers Another Defeat

Mar 31, 2010

The years long legal battle by the SCO Group over UNIX copyrights, which indirectly affect Linux, has resulted in another verdict in Utah court. The jury has ruled in favor of Novell.

In a short announcement, Novell is pleased with the court ruling and considers it "good news for Novell, for Linux, and for the open source community."

Novell was already granted the UNIX copyrights in court in 2008 and SCO Group went on the defensive. As usual, the Groklaw website specializing in open source rights wrote up a summary of the recent outcome

SCO Group went into bankruptcy last year after its protracted litigation against also IBM, among others. The claim against Big Blue in 2003 marked the beginning of the wave of lawsuits.

Whether the verdict truly puts to rest the protracted claims by SCO of being the rightly owner of UNIX and other software is still questionable. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that SCO is still seeking claims against IBM, despite the Novell ruling.

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