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LinuxPlanet: Analysis: Novell Tries to Torpedo SCO Unix IP Claims

May 28, 2003, 22:00 (18 Talkback[s])
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"In SCO's press release addressing Novell's comments, SCO doesn't directly address the copyright issue and puts contract issues on center stage. Indeed, Bruce Perens, director of Software in the Public Interest, a non-profit, Open Source development organization, says, 'SCO's brief reply to Novell implicitly acknowledges that SCO does not own the UNIX copyright.'

"That said, though, in the teleconference McBride said that SCO believes that the company does own the UNIX copyrights and that all four of the people who signed the contract-none of whom are still with Novell or SCO-thought at the time that the intent was to transfer copyright. So, 'SCO has the absolute right to UNIX's copyright and we're confident on how a judge will come down.'

"Gary Schuster, Novell's senior VP of communications responded to this claim by saying, 'Maybe SCO will find out in court...'"

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