Novell Tries Again for an SCO KO
Novell explains to the court how and why SCO may have bought Unix, but it never bought Unix's intellectual property.Novell is once again trying to finish off The SCO Groups court cases by proving that Novell is the company that actually owns Unixs intellectual property rights. What makes this latest attempt different, is we finally see an explanation of how SCO ended up owning Unix without owning its copyrights. This is core to any and all of SCOs multiple cases regarding Linux. Without a legal claim to Unix IP (intellectual property), SCOs cases against Novell, IBM, and Red Hat cant even enter the ring to begin the fight. Novell has been pushing this very point since early 2004. Then, Novell first asserted that in the original APA (Asset Purchase Agreement) and Amendment No.2 to the APA, it had never sold Unixs IP to SCO. Since then, the legal arguments have never stopped on this very point.
By and large, though, SCO hasnt been able to score any points in this critical round. Minutes from a 1995 Novells board of directors meeting clearly state, for example, that Novell was to retain its Unix copyrights when it sold the operating system to Santa Cruz Operation. Santa Cruz Operation would eventually become todays SCO.