Court Rules in Favor of Novell in Unix Copyright Trial

Apr 01, 2010

A jury in the District Court of Utah issued a decision in the long-running copyright battle between SCO Group and Novell over ownership of copyright assets associated with the Unix operating system. The jury found that Novell owned copyrights associated with the operating system, denying the SCO Group's claims that it was the rightful owner and a request for punitive damages of $215 million.

The decision marks the end of a case that was initiated in 2004 by Lindon-based SCO, after Novell asserted that it had retained copyrights on Unix following its sale of the operating system in 1995. SCO also previously sued IBM, claiming that the software giant had infringed on SCO-owned code through developments made to the open source Linux operating system.