Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 07:02 UTC, submitted by SEJeff
SCO, Caldera, Unixware On April 29, SCO will finally have its day in court, but not exactly in the way the Unix and Linux litigation company had planned. If things had gone the way SCO wanted, it would be facing IBM to see how much money it would get for IBM using Unix code in Linux. Instead of that fantasy coming true, SCO will be trying to hang on to what's left of its assets from Novell.
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RE: Faulty business model
by lemur2 on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 09:53 UTC in reply to "Faulty business model"
lemur2
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I'm really happy to see one patent troll get what they all deserve.


As has been pointed out in previous posts, the SCOG case was about copyrights, not patents. SCOG claimed that there was literal copying of UNIX source code into Linux ... as there would have to be if SCOG had a legiimate case.

SCOG effectively claimed that (a) Linux was a derivative work of UNIX, and that (b) SCOG were the copyright holders of UNIX.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derivative_work

It turned out in the end that neither claim had even the slightest element of truth about it. SCOG turned up not one line of infringing code, and SCOG had no "transfer of title" writing which showed they owned the UNIX copyrights anyway. In fact, the only thing that SCOG did have was a contract between old SCO and Novell that said that the UNIX copyrights were excluded assets, to be retained by Novell.

That is why Novell are now owed all that money that SCOG raised to bring the case in the first place.

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