SCO loses another round in Unix fight, to pay Novell US$2.55M

Court rules SCO must pay back Novell for licensing revenue it wasn't entitled to

This part of the five-year legal case began in September but was interrupted when SCO filed for bankruptcy protection while the company reorganized.

Last August, Kimball undercut much of SCO's case in a ruling that declared Novell the owner of the Unix and UnixWare copyrights. That decision led to the current ruling, when the court went on to determine how much SCO had to pay Novell for Unix licensing revenue it incorrectly received from Sun Microsystems. The court found that SCO didn't have to repay Novell for any licensing revenue from Microsoft.

In February, months after its bankruptcy application, SCO unveiled plans to take the company private, amid its ongoing legal battles.

SCO has been on the defensive since its 2003 lawsuit against IBM, when it alleged that IBM improperly contributed some of SCO's Unix intellectual property for use in Linux. SCO then also sued Novell, charging that the company had falsely claimed to own the legal rights to Unix.

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