SO QUIETLY several months ago, Novell set SCO up the bomb. Novell did this by registering its copyright ownership covering UNIX(tm) System V Releases 2, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.2/386, 4.0, 4.1, 4.1ES, 4.1ES/386, 4.2, and 4.2MP. SCO had previously registered copyrights on some of these.
To understand why these conflicting copyright claims are important, just reflect that on December 5 SCO promised to add copyright infringement to its claims against IBM. It recently published a list of over 65 C header files in Linux that it claims infringe its supposed UNIX(tm) copyrights. And earlier this week, SCO also threatened to sue companies using Linux for copyright infringement. Novell's quiet registration of its copyright ownerships threw a railroad spike into the spokes of SCO's red wagon.