An article on Slashdot
(thanks Mike Martinez) points the way to a Novell press
and a related News.com article called Novell
challenges SCO's Linux claims
that add significant complications to the
recent high-profile case in which SCO sued IBM for more than $1 billion,
alleging that misappropriated Unix technology has been built into Linux (story
Here's a bit on the legal tangle:
In a letter to SCO released Wednesday,
Novell asserted that it retains Unix patents and copyrights, demanded that SCO
reveal where Unix source code has been copied into Linux, and raised its own
threat of legal action to compensate for damage that it says has been done to
customers, programmers and companies using Linux.
"To Novell's knowledge, the 1995 agreement governing SCO's purchase of Unix
from Novell does not convey to SCO the associated copyrights," Novell Chief
Executive Jack Messman said in the letter to SCO Chief Executive Darl McBride.
He said that SCO evidently realizes this, because "over the last few months
you have repeatedly asked Novell to transfer the copyrights to SCO, requests
that Novell has rejected."
But SCO Group said that that issue is beside the point, because the company
bought full rights to the Unix intellectual property, including its copyrights,
patents and the right to enforce those patents, according to Chris Sontag, head
of the SCOsource effort to derive more money from the Unix intellectual