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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Two Utah companies are battling over ownership of the copyrights to the Unix operating system for computers.
Provo-based Novell claims it owns the copyrights for Unix, and it has applied for and received copyright registrations.
The Lindon-based S-C-O Group says it paid 100 (M)million dollars to Novell eight years ago for Unix along with the copyrights.
The battle is the latest for S-C-O since it purchased Unix from Novell in 1995. S-C-O has sued I-B-M over the Unix-derivative Linux operating system, and S-C-O also is seeking licensing payments from Linux users and has threatened legal action against them.
A federal judge earlier this month gave S-C-O until January 23rd to produce its evidence that I-B-M's freely distributed Linux code misappropriated S-C-O's proprietary Unix code.
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