Final judgement to Novell in SCO case

A US court has issued its final judgment in the legal battle between SCO and Novell over alleged copyright infringement in Linux.

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A US court has issued its final judgment in the legal battle between SCO and Novell over alleged copyright infringement in Linux..

The judgement largely reiterated earlier orders dismissing copyright-infringement, slander and breach-of-contract claims brought by SCO, but it also prevents SCO from being able to dismiss certain claims and then revive those same claims in potential future appeals.

One onlooker sees the ruling, handed down in the US District Court for the district of Utah, as another loss for SCO, which can still appeal the decision.

That makes this another blow for SCO, said Pamela Jones, a paralegal who has closely followed the SCO v. Novell case since its beginning on her Groklaw website. The wording of the final judgment is similar to what Novell suggested to the court as the companies argued the issue, she said.

SCO has lost a number of rulings in the ongoing battle with Novell, including a major loss last year when a judge decided that SCO owes Novell for licensing revenues SCO received from Sun and Microsoft.

Prior to that ruling, the long-running dispute served as a threat to Linux users who might have feared legal action from SCO. SCO had charged IBM with copyright infringement over the use of Unix, a charge the court essentially said wasn't valid.

More on the SCO v Novell case

December 2006 Two-thirds of SCO lawsuit thrown out of court

August 2007 Ruling against SCO 'small relief' to Linux users

Novell: 'We're not SCO' and we won't sue

SCO says Linux case is not over yet

September 2007 SCO writes its own obituary

October 2007 McBride: SCO is not dead yet

January 2008 Trial set to determine what SCO owes Novell

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