Judge Rules Novell Owns UNIX Copyrights

Law360, New York (August 13, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a boon to the open source software community, a Utah federal court judge has ruled that Novell Inc., not SCO Group Inc., is the copyright owner of the UNIX operating system.

U.S. District Judge Dale A. Kimball ruled on Friday that an asset purchase agreement signed in 1995 by SCO's predecessor company granted the company licensing rights, not ownership rights, to UNIX copyrights owned by Novell. The ruling throws a wrench into copyright infringement lawsuits that SCO has filed against open source software users such...
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