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Four on SCO: Ups and Downs

Jun 09, 2003, 19:00 (32 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hiawatha Bray, Charles J. Murray, Stephen Bell, Jonathan Collins)

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Boston Globe: Novell Admits it Sold Rival Some Unix Rights

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"One week after it claimed ownership of copyrights for the powerful Unix operating system, Cambridge software company Novell Inc. was yesterday forced to acknowledge it may have signed the rights away years ago...

"Yesterday, Novell conceded the amendment seems to support SCO's argument. 'The amendment appears to support SCO's claim that ownership of certain copyrights for UNIX did transfer to SCO in 1996,' a prepared statement said. But Novell reasserted its claim to control Unix-related patents, and described as unsubstantiated SCO's claim that Linux contains pirated software..."

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EE Times: Linux-Unix Ties Spelled Out

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"SCO Group revealed the foundation of its legal battle with the Linux community, when it rolled out evidence of large blocks of Linux code that it contends were stolen from Unix. Analysts who saw the samples of the allegedly stolen code said the evidence is damaging and that SCO Group has a formidable legal case.

"'If everything SCO showed me today is true, then the Linux community should be very concerned,' said Bill Claybrook, research director for Linux and open-source software at the Aberdeen Group (Boston)..."

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ComputerWorld.NZ: German SCO Injunction Wouldn't Fly Here: IT Lawyer

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"It is very unlikely that the latest tactic used in Germany in the SCO Linux war would work in a New Zealand or Australian court, says Wellington IT specialist lawyer Michael Wigley.

"A group of open source enthusiasts, led by lobby group LinuxTag, last month sought an injunction to force SCO to disclose the specific parts of Linux which it claims contain code lifted from the version of Unix marketed by SCO..."

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VNUNet: SCO Readies for IBM Showdown

"Confident it has proved that Novell has no claim to own Unix, SCO is now preparing for its showdown this week with IBM...

"When SCO filed against IBM, it gave a 100-day period before it revoked Big Blue's licence to sell AIX systems. That period ends on midnight, Friday 13 June.

"'We are still looking to resolve the issue with IBM but, if that fails, we have a number of options at our disposal,' said McBride..."

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