[linux-elitists] SCO doesn't own "all the Unix rights"

mbp@samba.org mbp@samba.org
Fri Jun 20 17:28:16 PDT 2003


This old Linux Journal story story quotes eWeek saying

  http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=6706

  "The SCO Group, which holds all the intellectual property rights to
  the Unix operating system..."

Similary in Ian Lance Taylor's recent report:

  http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=6956

  SCO is the current owner of Unix, which originally was developed by
  AT&T. SCO, which used to be named Caldera, purchased the rights to
  Unix from a different company named SCO, which has since changed its
  name to Tarantella.

  SCO argues it purchased full rights to Unix from the old SCO, which
  purchased the rights from Novell. The Unix patents still are owned
  by AT&T, but SCO has purchased the right to use them.

They don't even own the Unix name, so they're a very long way from
owning "all the rights"!  The "Unix" trademark remains with The Open
Group.  (At most, SCO have some kind of licence to use the trademark.)

Here is the Open Group's statement:

  http://www.opengroup.org/comm/press/who-owns-unix.htm

SCO (or journalists) should be corrected when they make misleading
over-broad assertions about their rights or properties.

--
Martin
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