SCO Group got its day in court, but the jury sided with rival Novell in the matter of who actually owns the patents and copyrights to Unix System V.
The decision marks the latest in a years-long fight between the two companies — a fight that could have serious implications for Unix and Linux, and for other major IT giants like IBM, which had initially been targeted by SCO in an earlier Unix-related case.
However, the drama’s not necessarily over. Datamation has the story.
After nearly seven long years of legal maneuvering and multiple court decisions, a key decision has been made in the case of SCO versus Novell on the issue of which company owns the Unix System V copyrights and patents.
The jury decision from the District Court of Utah ruled in favor of Novell, which could serve to end SCO’s legal actions against Novell, IBM and the broader Linux community.