Novell Free Speech Defense Allowed In Fight Over Unix

Law360, New York (March 8, 2010, 1:37 PM EST) -- In an epic intellectual property fight over Unix's source code, a federal judge has ruled that Novell Inc. can wield the First Amendment to battle The SCO Group Inc.'s claim that the software giant made slanderous statements about the ownership of the disputed copyright.

Judge Ted Stewart of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah on Friday granted Novell's motion seeking a ruling that First Amendment defenses apply to SCO's slander of title claim.

The statements at issue are Novell news releases from 2003...
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