SCO sues Novell for slander of title over Unix

“The SCO Group Inc. has filed a slander lawsuit against Novell Inc., saying the company has engaged in bad faith efforts to deny SCO’s rights to Unix and UnixWare.

The SCO lawsuit, filed in a Utah state court Tuesday, alleges that Novell has made false claims that it owns the Unix and UnixWare copyrights, according to a SCO press release. Since mid-2003, two companies have been locked in a legal dispute over which of the two companies own the source code for Unix System V. SCO’s claim on that source code is the foundation of its allegations that the Linux operating system contains SCO intellectual property. In December, Novell confirmed that it had been filing copyrights on parts of the Unix System V code.”