Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 29th Dec 2007 21:54 UTC
SCO, Caldera, Unixware The Nasdaq market has delisted The SCO Group, the Linux-seller-turned-Linux-litigant now in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company's shares were taken off the Nasdaq because of the bankruptcy proceedings, the company said Thursday in a statement. The company had appealed Nasdaq's decision to do so but lost its appeal on December 21, the company said in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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It's a bad end for the SCO name
by SamAskani on Sun 30th Dec 2007 06:53 UTC
SamAskani
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2006-01-03

Before 2001, SCO was synonymous of a driving force for the evolution of the Unix OSs.

Then SCO sold the Unix trademark to Caldera, who renamed itself into SCO Group. The old SCO was renamed to Tarantella Inc.

The SCO Group, wanting to make believe everyone that they have the rights over the copyrighted source code of Unix, started its catastrophic legal battles against IBM and others. Very soon, Novell clarified the situation indicating that the Unix OS itself was not part of the deal for Caldera.

And now this, my condolences for the remaining people in Tarantella of the old SCO who never guessed that its old name would be finish so deep in the mud.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Then SCO sold the Unix trademark to Caldera, who renamed itself into SCO Group. The old SCO was renamed to Tarantella Inc.


The Unix trademark belongs to the Open Group.

http://www.opengroup.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Open_Group
"The Open Group's best-known service are their certification programs, including certification for the Common Operating Environment (COE) Platform, CORBA, Directory, POSIX, Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF), UNIX, and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). The Open Group is also the owner of the UNIX trademark."


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix#Branding
"In October 1993, Novell, the company that owned the rights to the Unix System V source at the time, transferred the trademarks of Unix to the X/Open Company (now The Open Group),[9] and in 1995 sold the related business operations to Santa Cruz Operation."


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"The present owner of the trademark UNIX® is The Open Group, an industry standards consortium."


Neither SCO, Caldera nor SCOG at any time owned the UNIX trademark. Novell transferred the UNIX trademark to the Open Group in 1993. By the time SCO was involved in 1995, the Open Group already had the UNIX trademark, so it could not have been any part of the deal between Novell and SCO.

Neither, as it turned out, were the UNIX copyrights involved in that 1995 deal. There is no "transfer of title writing" of the UNIX copyrights held by either SCO nor SCOG after them. Novell still own the UNIX copyrights to this day. The recent rulings in the SCO vs Novell case has determined all this.

SCOG own no copyrights to UNIX, no patents, and no trademark of the UNIX name. They totally lack any standing to sue anyone over UNIX. Furthermore Novell, who do have standing, instructed SCOG to drop this case very soon after SCOG started it.

It is all moot anyway. There is no UNIX code in Linux.

Edited 2007-12-30 07:35

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