US lobby group is trying to get the US government to consider open source as the equivalent to piracy i.e. if you use open source software you are a pirate and that makes you an enemy of the state.
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intellectual property rights
On May 12, 2003 Sco attacked Linux and other companies. Now U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball has ruled that Novell owns Unix’s IP (intellectual property) rights i.e SCO has no rights to use Unixâ€™s IP and Unixware software.
This ruling is good news for organizations and end users like you and me who use Linux and open-source software products everyday.
It was all started when SCO filed a suit against IBM claiming that it had violated SCO’s rights by contributing Unix code to Linux kernel. Now SCO’s threat to the Linux community is over.
Novell Wins Ruling Against SCO In High-Profile Linux Case:
The court’s ruling has cut out the core of SCO’s case and, as a result, eliminates SCO’s threat to the Linux community based upon allegations of copyright infringement of UNIX,” Novell said in a statement. “We are extremely pleased with the outcome.