Novell won verdict in Unix copyright case; loses suit against Microsoft

Novell said that it won a jury verdict in a longstanding dispute with the SCO Group over the copyrights to Unix. And in a separate blast from the past, a federal judge dismissed the remaining counts in Novell's antitrust complaint against Microsoft, which involved allegations dating to the mid-1990s. Of the two cases, Novell's victory […]

Novell said that it won a jury verdict in a longstanding dispute with the SCO Group over the copyrights to Unix. And in a separate blast from the past, a federal judge dismissed the remaining counts in Novell's antitrust complaint against Microsoft, which involved allegations dating to the mid-1990s. Of the two cases, Novell's victory in the SCO Group copyright litigation has the most relevance to the present day, because the Unix copyrights are pivotal to patent claims against Linux. Open-source advocates are celebrating the ruling. "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," the company said in its statement. Novell remains committed to promoting Linux, including by defending Linux on the intellectual property front." Four of the claims against Microsoft were previously dismissed against Microsoft as untimely. U.S. District Judge Frederick Motz dismissed the remaining two in his ruling issued today. (PDF, 36 pages).

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