Linux is free, as jury rules for Novell in SCO Unix copyright case


Linux is free, as jury rules for Novell in SCO Unix copyright case

Cliff Saran

The jury in the District Court of Utah trial has confirmed Novell's ownership of Unix copyrights. This secures the future of Linux against intellectual property infringement cases.

In 2003 SCO attempted to force enterprise Linux users to pay a licensing fees to use Linux, or face a copyright infringement lawsuit. The company filed copyright infringement cases against IBM and Novell, claiming it owned Unix System V intellectual property.

The jury's decision confirmed Novell's ownership of the Unix copyrights. Ron Hovsepian, Novell president and CEO, said, "This decision is good news for Novell, for Linux, and for the open source community. We have long contended that this effort against Linux has no foundation, and we are pleased that the jury, in a unanimous decision, agreed. I am proud of Novell's role in protecting the best interests of Linux and the open source community."

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