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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..."

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