Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 19:53 UTC
Novell and Ximian We were well aware that Novell had put itself on the market, coyly winking at passers-by, displaying its... Assets. VMware was a contender, but things have played out entirely different: Novell has been bought by Attachmate Corp., with a Microsoft-led consortium buying unspecified intellectual property from Novell.
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patents?
by TechGeek on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 20:40 UTC
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2006-01-14

Not sure which patents you think they have, but patents filed before 1995(?) are only good for 17 years. After that date they last 20 years. What SCO and Novell fought over was copyrights. Those last much longer. Of course this is all moot as Novell distributes Linux under the GPL. They couldn't argue someone stole the code from them as they argued in court that they owned it and freely gave it away. So really the only problem would be any existing projects. But its hard to say what will happen at this point.

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RE: patents?
by fran on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 20:47 in reply to "patents?"
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2010-08-06

I think I'm confusing copyright with patents.
I'm never quite sure whether software code fall under copyright or patents.

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RE[2]: patents?
by Praxis on Mon 22nd Nov 2010 20:54 in reply to "RE: patents?"
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2009-09-17

I think I'm confusing copyright with patents.
I'm never quite sure whether software code fall under copyright or patents.


The actual code is under copyright.

The ideas behind the code are under patents.

Patents area far more dangerous, you can always rewrite code, but hacking around very general concepts is much much harder.

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