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Judge Rejects SCO's Motion For a New Trial 168

An anonymous reader writes "A judge has rejected SCO's motion for a new trial in the company's dispute over UNIX intellectual property ownership. The ruling validates a verdict that was issued in April by a jury who determined that Novell, and not SCO, is the rightful owner of the UNIX SVRX copyrights. This means SCO cannot continue to pursue its litigation against IBM and other Linux users. 'There was substantial evidence that Novell made an intentional decision to retain ownership of the copyrights,' the judge wrote in his decision. 'The Court finds that the verdict is not clearly, decidedly, or overwhelmingly against the weight of the evidence. Therefore, SCO is not entitled to a new trial.'"
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Judge Rejects SCO's Motion For a New Trial

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  • Re:Groklaw link (Score:3, Interesting)

    by WrongSizeGlass ( 838941 ) on Thursday June 10, 2010 @05:37PM (#32528696)
    Indeed. I also think there needs to be a 'SCO' icon ... maybe something similar to Mr. Hankey with very dead eyes and draped in a sash covered in Linux kernel code?
  • THe Sco Group is now a smoking crater rundown of the different cases

    NOVELL V TSCOG: Goes to Novell (this is the basis for the rest of the Litigation Lotto)
    TSCOG V IBM : the case that started it all
    WAIVED BY ORDER OF NOVELL (IBM does get the counter claims)
    SUSE V TSCOG (arbitration): Rendered Moot (lack of grounds)
    The Sco Group bankruptcy Chapter 11: to be converted to Chapter 7 (a chunk of the money is now owed to NOVELL)

    (the various smaller bit cases are now also Mooted)

  • by 6031769 ( 829845 ) on Thursday June 10, 2010 @06:32PM (#32529336) Homepage Journal

    All it requires is for someone with stacks of time and money to take a look at the SCO corporate profile [] and sue them on the basis that just about everything written on that page is a lie.

    I mean, does anyone really think that SCO is a "leading provider of software technology", or that their "highly innovative and reliable solutions help millions of customers grow their businesses everyday". As we have just seen, "SCO owns all rights and ownership of the core UNIX operating system source code" is about as untrue as it is possible to get. As a bonus, such a legal action would certainly conclude faster than the 7 years this has been going on.

  • Counterclaims... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by HockeyPuck ( 141947 ) on Thursday June 10, 2010 @06:37PM (#32529406)

    I can't wait for IBM to sue for all the time and money spent [] just to gather the source code:

    Complying with the Court's Order involved more than 4,700 hours of work from more than 400 IBM employees. This does not include the time spent by IBM's counsel and consultants on this project, which was likewise considerable. IBM produced a total of more than 80 GB of source code and other electronic data to SCO, and more than 900,000 pages of paper (which were scanned and produced in electronic form on CDs).

  • Guinnes? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Thraxy ( 1782662 ) on Thursday June 10, 2010 @06:40PM (#32529444)
    Does this count as the record for "longest continuous fail"? Or was that the Bush administration?
  • Re:Groklaw link (Score:3, Interesting)

    by shadowknot ( 853491 ) * on Friday June 11, 2010 @01:52AM (#32532152) Homepage Journal

    One copy of SCO UnixWare is bad enough

    So true, I'll always remember when I changed the time on a SCO box at an old job and was told by an old hack there not to issue a simple "date MMDDhhmm" command but to use the crappy curses-based admin console to do it. It said I needed to "relink" the kernel (after changing the time for the love of Pete) then crapped out a kernel panic and disconnected me from the already dodgy modem. I think it took the field engineer about a day to reinstall all because it didn't adjust properly for daylight savings then kernel panicked when the time was changed. Ah, those were the day eh Darl? Darl...You there?

  • by Sique ( 173459 ) on Friday June 11, 2010 @02:03AM (#32532204) Homepage

    "highly innovative and reliable solutions help millions of customers grow their businesses everyday"

    With SCO Unix in several cashier machine models and in phone systems from Siemens Enterprice Communication, you could actually say, that at least millions of people use SCOs product to conduct their business every day.

    So beside the "innovative", everything else in this sentence might actually be somewhat trueish.

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