Novell Challenges SCOs Unix Claims
Novell publicly challenges SCO's assertion that it owns the copyrights and patents to Unix System V.As the pressure mounts against the SCO Group and its crusade to protect what it sees as the violation of its intellectual property rights, Novell Inc.which itself once owned the rights to Unixon Wednesday publicly challenged SCOs assertion that it owns the copyrights and patents to Unix System V. In a letter to SCO CE0 Darl McBride, Novell CEO Jack Messman points out that the asset purchase agreement entered into between Novell and SCO in 1995 did not transfer these rights to SCO. Novell also asked SCO to back up its assertion that certain Unix System V code has been copied into Linux. "To Novells knowledge, the 1995 agreement governing SCOs purchase of Unix from Novell does not convey to SCO the associated copyrights. We believe it unlikely that SCO can demonstrate that it has any ownership interest whatsoever in those copyrights. Apparently you share this view, since over the last few months you have repeatedly asked Novell to transfer the copyrights to SCO, requests that Novell has rejected," Messman said in the letter.
But SCO disputed these claims in a statement released on Wednesday, in which the Lindon, Utah-based firm maintained that it owns the contract rights to the Unix operating system. "SCO has the contractual right to prevent improper donations of Unix code, methods or concepts into Linux by any Unix vendor.