Friday, 20 March 2015 10:45

Like a zombie, the SCO case against IBM is back


After lying dormant for nearly five years, the case which SCO filed against IBM back in 2003 is back on the docket of the US federal court in Utah.

According to a report in the The Salt Lake Tribune, a joint document filed in the US District Court in Salt Lake City by the SCO Group and IBM said legal issues remained to be resolved.

The judge who now presides over the dispute, David Nuffer, was thus likely to start moving to resolve the remaining issues, the Tribune said.

SCO sued IBM in March 2003, alleging that the latter had violated a contract it had with SCO by providing code owned by SCO to the Linux kernel. SCO also claimed that Linux was an unauthorised derivative of UNIX.

Novell got involved when it lodged a claim that it owned the copyrights to UNIX, hence making SCO's case untenable. A lengthy court battle ensued between SCO and Novell over who owned the copyrights to UNIX.

SCO's claims were initially defeated in August 2007 when a judge ruled that it did not own the copyrights to UNIX. However, the company appealed and obtained a jury trial.

That went against SCO in March 2010, when a jury reaffirmed that Novell owned the copyrights to the UNIX. SCO sought a re-trial on the grounds that the jury's verdict was not in line with the evidence presented in the case.

That bid was turned down in June 2010 and at that stage it looked like SCO would have to give up its bid to sue IBM over contract violation.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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