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As the SCO rolls


Reality, as good writers know, is sometimes stranger than fiction. SCO’s recent performance in the U.S. District Court in Utah is a perfect example. With years to prepare, SCO executives made some remarkable statements in their attempt to show that SCO, not Novell, owns Unix’s copyright.

While this case is not about SCO’s claims that IBM and other companies placed Unix IP (intellectual property) into Linux, Novell’s attorneys decided that they would address this issue as well. One presumes that, since this may be their one and only chance to attack SCO’s Linux claims in a courtroom — what with SCO facing bankruptcy — they decided to address this FUD once and for all.

Before getting to that, though, Novell hammered on Christopher Sontag, one time head of SCOSource, the division of SCO devoted to selling Unix’s IP. Sontag, while dodging around what code SCO was actually selling — UnixWare code or the whole Unix tree leading to UnixWare — was finally cornered into admitting that SCO had received $16,680,000 from Microsoft and $9,143,450.63 from Sun and did not report these deals or income to Novell as it was required to do under the terms of the Novell/SCO APA (Asset Purchase Agreement).

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