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Where Does SCO Go from Here?

Aug 16, 2007, 21:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marc Wagner)

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"Anyone who was surprised by this week's court decision (Another nail in SCO's Linux lawsuit coffin) has not been following the history-turned-saga of UNIX all that long.

"AT&T unwittingly spawned what would become the open-source movement by turning to America's colleges and universities for UNIX software development during the 1970's. In exchange for access to AT&T source code, universities gave AT&T full rights to use the source-code they developed. AT&T also collected a fee for every license of UNIX installed. In those days, software was protected through source-code copyrights--not patents. This fact, in and of itself, gave the open-source movement the latitude it needed to exist. Put simply, UNIX intellectual property (source-code) may be protected by copyrights but that does not preclude someone from writing unique source code which accomplishes the same tasks as UNIX source code. Patents protect the tasks themselves..."

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