I’m not sure why this hasn’t received more press, but a judge has ruled that SCO doesn’t actually own the rights to Unix that it has based it’s lawsuits on. From Marketwatch.com :
But in the ruling Friday, Kimball said that “the court concludes that Novell is the owner of the Unix and UnixWare copyrights.”
Kimball added that Novell may now direct SCO Group to “waive its claims against IBM.”
The tech community has been telling SCO to go to heck since they filed the lawsuit. Novell can apparently now legally direct them there.
I’m sure SCO will appeal, but they are just postponing the inevitable.
Here is the reaction from the Between the Lines Blog. And GrokLaw thinks SCO may wind up having to pay Novell the license fees it extracted from Microsoft and Sun. This User Friendly cartoon sums it up nicely as well.