It’s time for bed over here, but before I turn in with a nice cup of tea and a Gilmore Girls episode, we’ve got some good news for you: SCO has been dealt yet another major blow in its baseless lawsuit against Novell. A jury has ruled that Novell owns the UNIX copyrights – not SCO.
With this verdict, the jury reiterates earlier verdicts which also stated that Novell owned the UNIX copyrights, and not SCO. It would appear SCO wasn’t even the slightest bit convincing; the jury was required to reach a unanimous conclusion, which they did.
“Novell is very pleased with the jury’s decision confirming Novell’s ownership of the Unix copyrights, which SCO had asserted to own in its attack on Linux,” Novell said in a blogpost, “Novell remains committed to promoting Linux, including by defending Linux on the intellectual property front.”
SCO still isn’t done, though. “The copyright claims are gone, but we have other claims based on contracts,” the company said. They are referring to their case against IBM, which is still ongoing. However, with the copyright claims gone, little remains. Linux users, in any case, are finally free from SCO.