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Judge Rules Unix Copyrights Belong to Novell

Judge Rules Unix Copyrights Belong to Novell

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled the SCO Group does NOT own the software it claims was misappropriated by Linux developers.

The 102-page ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball says Novell, not SCO, owns the copyrights covering the Unix operating system.

SCO makes a business licensing Unix software for corporate servers.

But Kimball ruled SCO didn't acquire ownership rights to Unix when it bought the licensing and development rights from Novell in 1995.

The ruling is one part of the open-source software debate. And it could undermine another lawsuit SCO filed claiming IBM dumped some of SCO's Unix source code into Linux.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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