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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Who Owns Unix? Open Group Seeks to Clarify

Jul 23, 2003, 16:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Who owns Unix? To read much of the recent news coming out of Lindon, Utah, you might think that it's SCO Group, the company currently suing IBM Corp. over Big Blue's alleged donation of Unix code to the Linux community. But you'd be wrong...

"What's been missing from the discussion is the fact that, while SCO may be the current owner of the System V code, SCO does not own the Unix trademark and specification. These are the property of the Open Group, a San Francisco-based nonprofit standards organization. This ownership gives the Open Group the power to decide which products can be labeled 'Unix' (and not all of these, incidentally, are based on System V code).

"The Open Group also keeps an eye out for companies that misuse the trademark and, while most of its watchdog efforts are friendly, the organization is currently involved in a legal dispute with Apple Computer Inc., over Apple's use of the Unix trademark in connection with its OS X product. Allen Brown, president and CEO of the Open Group, and Graham Bird, the group's vice president of marketing, spoke Monday with SearchEnterpriseLinux.com about their organization's role in the Unix world..."

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