SCO Gets the Death Blow

By Deane Barker on August 11, 2007

Judge Says Unix Copyrights Rightfully Belong to Novell: Has the last chapter in SCO’s IP land grab been written? Is this finally the end of one of the most pathetic attempts at IP abuse in recent memory?

In a decision that may finally settle one of the most bitter legal battles surrounding software widely used in corporate data centers, a federal district court judge in Utah ruled Friday afternoon that Novell, not the SCO Group, is the rightful owner of the copyrights covering the Unix operating system.

In the 102-page ruling, the judge, Dale A. Kimball, also said Novell could force SCO to abandon its claims against I.B.M., which SCO had sued. Judge Kimball’s decision in favor of Novell could almost entirely undermine SCO’s 2003 lawsuit against I.B.M.