CNET News: SCO's Failing Case Against IBM
Mar 09, 2004, 14:30 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Perens)
"SCO suddenly isn't faring so well in its lawsuit against IBM.
The company recently dropped claims that Big Blue had
misappropriated its trade-secrets by placing them in Linux. This
leaves the SCO argument resting upon two copyright infringement
claims. When IBM began building the AIX Unix system, it purchased a
license from AT&T, the company that created Unix. AT&T's
Unix business was later sold to Novell, which subsequently sold
part of that business to SCO.
"SCO subsequently contended that under the terms of the Unix
license, any software written by IBM and then added to AIX would
automatically become SCO's property. In other words, it could not
legally be added to Linux.
"It is not a new argument..."