Linked by Andrew Youll on Sat 8th Oct 2005 09:20 UTC, submitted by Yves R. Crevecoeur
IBM IBM has dropped its three remaining claims of patent infringement in a lawsuit against the SCO Group, which originally sued Big Blue in March 2003 over claims it broke a Unix licensing contract by moving technology to Linux.
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RE[4]: expediting the process
by on Sat 8th Oct 2005 16:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: expediting the process"

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I was pointing to the fact that SCO has IP that is valuable and is not a worthless company because they went broke on this suit.

That IP's ownership is in dispute with Novell. Even if SCO is found to own the copyrights (looks unlikely), it would own very few. Much of Unix came from BSD, and most of the Unix that went into BSD is no longer protectable. Also, other companies, such as Sun, own copyrights over SYSV.

In other words...open sourcing Unix, like you said in your last comment, isn't going to happen, excluding the code already in BSD.

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