June 30, 2005

SCO Group's lawsuit upheld against Novell

Author: Bob Mims

SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge has refused a second time to dismiss the SCO Group's slander-of-title lawsuit against Novell Inc. U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball's decision, which came five weeks after he heard oral arguments on the motion, means a key battle over copyrights to the Unix operating system will continue.

The suit has potentially critical ramifications for SCO's separate, $5 billion U.S. District Court complaint against IBM, which Kimball also is hearing. The Lindon, Utah-based software company has accused Big Blue of profiting from releases of the freely-distributed Linux operating system that purportedly contained purloined code from SCO-owned Unix.


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