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So, UNIX is registered to who?


© September 2005 bruceg


Author: bruceg
Date: Thu Sep 22 13:45:21 2005
Subject: So, UNIX is registered to who? I am still confused over this "Who owns Unix" debacle. SCO says they own it, yet I have seen different copyrights on different bootup screens, and literature. For example, I recently purchased Easy Software Products https://easysw.com (link dead, sorry)
I thought SCO owned UNIX, which is what some of the "fight" is about. Is it just a kernel thing they own, or the name "UNIX" iteself? So what does SCO own? What does X/Open own?

Thanks for helping me clear some of this up..

- Bruce



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Thu Sep 22 14:52:43 2005: 1109   BigDumbDinosaur


The Open Group (aka X/Open) owns the UNIX trademark. If you want to call your new-fangled operating system "Bruce's UNIX" you have to go to The Open Group to get permission to use UNIX in the name, for which they will charge you a lot of money. In fact, to receive the right to use the UNIX brand your software would have to survive The Open Group's presumably close scrutiny.

Although I haven't been following the SCO vs. the world donnybrook too much in recent months, I recall that some recently released info indicated that when SCO purchased all of the UNIX (former USL) stuff from Novell in the mid-1990's they did not get the actual UNIX copyrights.

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