Unix Copyrights Trial: Novell Wins, SCO Loses

The end is near …

A federal court jury has determined that Novell, and not the SCO Group, has ownership of copyrights related to UNIX.

Novell released a statement which read,

Today, the jury in the District Court of Utah trial between SCO Group and Novell issued a verdict.

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 remains committed to promoting Linux, including by defending Linux on the intellectual property front.

This decision is good news for Novell, for Linux, and for the open source community.

Is UNIX finally free? Linux users, could have been subject to fees if SCO had gotten the copyrights.

The decision, on the other hand, is bad news for SCO Group, which is currently struggling through bankruptcy.

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