Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Aug 2007 21:37 UTC
Novell and Ximian In the wake of last week's ruling that Novell, and not SCO, controls the copyrights covering UNIX, Novell is reassuring Unix users that it has no plans to follow in SCO's footsteps. Given that the company is no longer in the business of selling UNIX, it has no reason to pursue any copyright claims.
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watchingeyes
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2007-05-04

You're either trying to spread FUD or are downright ignorant of the law. As I (and any lawyer worth their salt) will maintain, there is nothing to fear from Novell suddenly owning Unix (...even though they have for years now).

The code is GPL'd. BOTH SCO AND NOVELL have licensed it as such. For years on end! End of story. They have explicitly granted permission, to the extent that they are legally able to give it (as in only to the parts of Linux they own the copyrights to), for anyone to copy and modify it under the terms of the GPL without requiring any permission. No Judge will let them profit off of a license and then turn around and ignore it when the going gets tough (which SCO will find out in IBM vs SCO shortly...) The doctrines of license, waiver, estoppel, laches, etc etc are all there specifically to PREVENT this kind of behaviour.

It's a basic principle of copyright law. You can't merely revoke a license because you change your mind, unless the license contains a clause allowing you to do so. The GPL contains no such clause.

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