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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What does this mean for Apple
by vikramsharma on Thu 16th Aug 2007 04:58 UTC
vikramsharma
Member since:
2005-07-06

Apple's OS X Leopard recently got Unix certification, so could Apple also be sued?

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Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Apple got the right to use the UNIX trademark for Leopard. Separate issue from the UNIX copyright.

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glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

Blake Stowell, a former PR flak and one-time head of SCOsource, told Mozillazine that ALL OS vendors were potentially subject to litigation because all OSes included SCOX IP. He specifically mentioned MS, Apple and the BSDs. Judge Kimball has posted a detailed ruling that places that claim irretrievably in the bit bucket.

Why Sun and HP were declared "clean" without ever doing a code review and Linux was declared to be a target even though their own code reviews (plural) had found NOTHING is a key to understanding that the suits they initiated were merely a way of keeping the company from going under since they had never made a profit and had only 6 months working capital left at the time they lauched this abomination of a "legal" proceeding.

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nebakke Member since:
2006-09-04

I could of course be wrong but...
Leopard is based on the BSD kernel which was forked off before System V. My understanding of this whole discussion is that it revolves aroudn the right to the System V based code, so based on that I figure that Apple should be quite safe.
I'm not actually sure that Johann Chua's comment is relevant though as the issue is not whether or not the O/S Is using the Unix trademark but rather whether or not it is based around System V code.

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