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"We Intend to Aggressively Continue," SCO Responds to Novell

"We Intend to Aggressively Continue," SCO Responds to Novell

(May 28, 2003) - SCO released a strongly worded statement this morning in response to Novell's letter telling SCO that SCO does not own the Unix intellectual property. The full text of SCO's statement:

"SCO 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."

"Copyrights and patents are protection against strangers. Contracts are what you use against parties you have relationships with. From a legal standpoint, contracts end up being far stronger than anything you could do with copyrights." "SCO's lawsuit against IBM does not involve patents or copyrights. SCO's complaint specifically alleges breach of contract, and SCO intends to protect and enforce all of the contracts that the company has with more than 6,000 licensees."

"We formed SCOsource in January 2003 to enforce our UNIX rights and we intend to aggressively continue in this successful path of operation."

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USL Fan 05/29/03 12:28:00 AM EDT

AT&T sold the UNIX operation to Novel in 1993. USL was the developer of SVR4 and the Posix standard. Linus reportedly cut the first verson of the Linux from a Sun XPG4 programmers reference manual. Should be considered bad.... no one seems to care or know this... most think think it was "invented" by the man...

We must give credit where credit is due. The IP (symantics and syntax) came from Bell Labs. Follow the IP path from there. AT&T Unix Software Operation -> UNIX System Labs (sub of AT&T) (Sun Buys out license from USL) -> Novel -> SCO and HP.

Eric 05/28/03 06:16:00 PM EDT

NDS, Linux, and Sushi to boot! I wonder how this is sitting with the IP purchasing folks up in Redmond.....I think they just purchase a plate of poorly prepared Fugu!

It would be a real shame if Novell and SCO litigated each other into oblivion -

retep 05/28/03 10:26:00 AM EDT


SCO can develope and redistribute.
(for howlong remains kinda blury)

SCO may NOT run around like FUD-happy chickens claiming the right to the whole shabang.

Please you evil monsters , why can't you just go bankrupt like a normal miss managed company.