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SCO.com: SCO Reiterates Ownership of Unix Intellectual Property and Prepares to Press Copyright Claims

"The SCO Group, Inc. today reiterated its ownership of UNIX intellectual property, source code, claims and copyrights and has made all of the documents surrounding the companies ownership of UNIX and UnixWare available for public viewing at www.sco.com/novell. The Web site includes access to the asset purchase agreement, the amendments to the asset purchase agreement, and the joint press release that was issued at the time SCO purchased the UNIX assets from Novell in 1995. The press release confirms that SCO purchased the UNIX 'IP' along with the UNIX business and source code, among other things.

"The asset purchase agreement, signed by Novell and SCO executives in September 1995, as amended, states that all of the following transferred to SCO:

  • "All UNIX rights and ownership
  • "All claims against any parties relating to any right, property or asset included in the UNIX business
  • "All UNIX source code
  • "All UNIX contracts, copyrights, and licenses..."

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Novell: Novell's Unique Legal Rights

On an unannounced page (http://www.novell.com/licensing/indemnity/legal.html) within the new indemnification section of the Novell Web site, the Utah company has collected PDF documents of all of its correspondence with The SCO Group since May of 2003.

The page also includes the copyrights that Novell holds that the company believes holds its claim on UNIX rights.

No official announcement has been made on this particular page, save the initial announcement made about the indemnification program late yesterday. It should be noted that legal analysis site Groklaw has reported on the page and site participants are beginning to research and translate to text this set of documents.

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