Novell Seeks Dismissal of SCO Complaint

Novell Seeks Dismissal of SCO Complaint

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Novell has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit by S-C-O Group contending Novell committed slander of title when it said it owned Unix operating system copyrights.

U-S District Judge Dale Kimball took the matter under advisement yesterday.

Massachusetts-based Novell and Lindon-based S-C-O dispute ownership of copyrights to the Unix computer operating system and UnixWare.

At question is whether an amended 1995 asset purchase agreement between the companies conveyed from Novell to S-C-O the copyrights to Unix and UnixWare.

The outcome of the dispute could affect S-C-O's five (B)billion dollar lawsuit against I-B-M.

That lawsuit, which also is being handled by Kimball, contends I-B-M allowed proprietary Unix code to be used in the freely distributed Linux operating system.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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