The Beat Goes On: In SCO v. Novell, Tenth Circuit Remands UNIX Copyright Ownership Issue for Trial

25 08 2009

The Tenth Circuit has ruled in the closely watched SCO v. Novell appeal, and while it upheld a judgment in favor of Novell for royalties due from The SCO Group, the appeals court remanded for a trial on the issue of ownership of the copyrights in the UNIX code that is at the heart of SCO’s copyright litigation against IBM over its contribution of code to the Linux operating system.

The SCO v. Novell case is one of a complicated series of litigations that commenced in 2003 when SCO claimed that copyrights in the UNIX code that it acquired as a result of a transaction with Novell in 1995 were infringed by IBM and users of the Linux OS.


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