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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The thing here is that they're saying “OpenSolaris will stay open”.

No, they're not saying that. Sun bought their rights to UNIX from AT&T as a co-inventor long before Novell ever had the rights to begin with. The only thing Sun licensed from SCO was the rights to some code that SCO had that were not part of the original UNIX codebase.

See this thread:

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glarepate Member since:

Those Guys Are Not Lawyers.

Enthusiastic support is not a legal precedent nor a historical recapitulation. However even a false premise may be followed by a true conclusion and I am equally certain that Open Solaris is in no danger from any legal claims any more than IBM or Novell were in danger from Caldera's wild-eyed and baseless claims. It still cost them lots of time and effort to defend against them though. I suspect that their defensive actions will extend to protect Sun should any others contemplate similar actions.

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binarycrusader Member since:

Those Guys Are Not Lawyers.

One doesn't have to be a lawyer to state the facts. The facts are that Sun licensed the rights to UNIX well before SCO or Novell ever were involved. Therefore, anyone, lawyer or not, can make a logical conclusion about the result. No legal advice required.

Enthusiastic support is not a legal precedent nor a historical recapitulation.

Exactly, which is why statements by Sun employees about the *fact* that they had their rights from AT&T are important.

You seem to not understand that some of these "Not Lawyers" people know the exact terms under which Sun received their code.

Not only that, people who are legal professionals, such as the person at GrokLaw, posted that the judge upheld the deals that SCO made as legal. The only thing that Novell is entitled to is to receive the royalties that Sun and MicroSoft paid to SCO.

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