"Back then, a U.S. District Court in Utah ruled that Novell
actually owned the rights to UNIX code, damaging one of SCO's major
legal arguments. Now that ruling has been overturned, again
throwing the issue up into the air. The other three previous
rulings involved related legal issues including the scope of
Novell's rights in the case.
"SCO has insisted throughout its legal fight that it owns the
rights to UNIX as it took on a host of other companies in court,
challenging their use or alleged ownership of the computer
operating system's copyrights.
"Then, almost a year after those August 2007 rulings were
issued, another court ruling hit the fan for SCO – in July
2008 the company was ordered to pay $2.55 million to Novell for
collecting UNIX licensing revenues without having proper Unix
ownership, according to a story in Computerworld."
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