December 23, 2003

Novell's Letters - Why They Contest SCO's Copyright

Groklaw has put up a story containing the text of letters exchanged this year between Novell and SCO which explain Novell's position on ownership of Unix copyrights. Of course, that also explains why they filed for ownership of those copyrights not long after SCO did the same.

After reading the letters and the original agreement and the revised agreement, it looks to me as if Novell makes a very strong case that SCO has never owned the copyrights, as they were specifically excluded from the sale unless and only if SCO needed them to exercise the rights they did get ownership of.

Check it out. It's kind of a sleeper story.



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