Legal Issues

Statement from SCO Regarding Recent Court Ruling

"The company is obviously disappointed with the ruling issued last Friday. However, the court clearly determined that SCO owns the copyrights to the technology developed or derived by SCO after Novell transferred the assets to SCO in 1995."

A Chart of the Summary Judgment Rulings in SCO v Novell

"The court's rulings on the numerous summary judgment motions in SCO v. Novell are in a document that is long and complex, and I'm still reading and analyzing it myself. We've grasped the big picture, that SCO is toast, but what's left to go to trial? There will be a trial starting on September 17, but it appears it will mostly (but not all) be about what SCO owes Novell. Novell's slander of title counterclaim goes to trial, for example, but SCO's does not."

Court Rules: Novell owns the UNIX and UnixWare copyrights!

I'm not sure how we missed this on friday, but Judge Dale Kimball has issued a 102-page ruling on the numerous summary judgment motions in SCO v. Novell. Here is what matters most: "The court concludes that Novell is the owner of the UNIX and UnixWare Copyrights."

SCO and IBM stipulate to another change in the schedule

"Well, this is different. Remember when IBM asked for a 30-day extension in the pretrial schedule deadlines, or alternatively stipulated that after the Novell trial would be fine? They couldn't get SCO to agree to dates, remember? And then SCO opposed and still didn't offer any firm dates?"

German court convicts Skype of GPL breach

A German court has ruled that Skype violated the General Public License version 2 by selling a Linux-based phone without access to the source code.

What Linspire Agreed To

"We can read the Linspire-Microsoft patent agreement now, or more precisely Microsoft's "Covenant to Customers", and I thought it would be worthwhile to give it a close, line-by-line reading. I'll explain it as best I can, but ask your lawyer if it matters to you in a real-world sense. For our purposes here, let's just have fun with the worst deal I've seen yet in this category."

An Overview: Where Things Stand in IBM, Novell, and Red Hat

"I thought it would be useful, judging from some recent confusion in the media, to highlight the latest goings on in all the ongoing cases in the SCO saga all on one page, so everyone can follow the bouncing ball. That will mean some slight repetition for some of us, but it also will make it easier for those who don't follow the SCO saga as intently as we do to grasp the current picture."

PreTrial Preparations in Novell - What's a Daubert Hearing?

Novell and SCO have filed a Stipulation Re: Pretrial Schedule [PDF] listing dates for the usual pretrial activities, such as for any motions in limine and for filing proposed jury instructions. Those are what each party hopes the judge will tell the jury, but he doesn't have to. The trial is set for September 17, so those of you who thought it would never happen need to synchronize your watches.