SCO Group loses appeal; Novell owns U...

SCO Group loses appeal; Novell owns Unix copyrights

There are 6 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Mar 30, 2010, titled SCO Group loses appeal; Novell owns Unix copyrights. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Ending a six-year legal battle with Novell over the ownership of Unix software code that many people in the industry believe is central to the open source movement, a federal jury said Tuesday that The SCO Group does not own the technology.

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JJJ

Vallejo, CA

#1 Mar 30, 2010
gads, these (not really) SCO guys are like a bad zombie movie. for a detailed history of this long ugly sordid affair, see www.groklaw.net

will this FINALLY be the nail that keeps the coffin closed?
old-fart

San Francisco, CA

#2 Mar 30, 2010
yup - there stock was an amazing short for a time. good riddance - trying to copyright stdio.h, the f'ing cads!
bs_spotter

United States

#3 Mar 30, 2010
So what code did they try to copywrite? I would think it would be fairly easy for a software engineer to determine the similarities between the code. Also, how complex is the contract that SCO can't even figure out if the bought or merely licensed the UNIX technology?
Sc-er

Portola Valley, CA

#4 Mar 30, 2010
They secured a $2 million dollar line of credit to fund the three people left in order to get access to a possible lawsuit settlement.
Local Lurker

Brentwood, CA

#5 Mar 30, 2010
One of my best friends worked for SCO for years and made good money doing so. Also, when I was attending Santa Cruz High School, SCO used to let us Uber-nerd types use their computer lab. It was through some ROP program called "on-line academy" or something. Former councilman Ed Porter would remember this. Anyway this was about 1995 when the ww web had just come into existince and we got to use SCOs lightning fast 486s and T1 line. Plus we also got free soda. SCORE. So freakin sad to watch a once great giant that employed LOCAL people and gave back to the community implode into less than nothing. Ahhh sometimes I hate this town but It's where I was born whaddaya gonna do...
JJJ

Vallejo, CA

#6 Mar 31, 2010
The modern SCO is SCO in name only. Some vulture types from Utah by the name of Caldera acquired them, killed off their product line, fired all the technical staff, and tried to use this Unix license originally acquired from Novell as a means to extort $billions out of IBM and others, claiming that Linux was illegal and violated "SCO"s intellectual property rights. This has been going through various courts for nearly 10 years.

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