Posted Aug 19, 2003 16:47 UTC (Tue) by ncm
In reply to: Didn't Caldera/SCOX open source SYS V v7
Parent article: Heise reports from SCO Forum
rfunk said, "we have to go back to a defense of 'that code has been
out there for years anyway'".
That doesn't work: copyright isn't the same as trademark. Rather,
we (IBM, really) will need to rely on the Regents of U.C vs. USL
agreement granting U.C. full rights to that code as it appears in
2.11 BSD and up. UCB dropped the advertising clause requirement
sometime after that. SCO has no proprietary rights to anything
that appears in the last BSD release. This is not (as is often
reported) because they didn't write much of it, but rather because
they were in such hot water over having stolen huge amounts of BSD
code, they had to give up rights to the code they had written,
or lose the right to sell UNIX at all.
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