[TUHS] Open Sourcing IRIX?

M. Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Wed Nov 29 17:14:51 AEST 2006

In message: <200611292004.11077.wes.parish at paradise.net.nz>
            Wesley Parish <wes.parish at paradise.net.nz> writes:
: I would say that since the copyrights on the Santa Cruz Operation
: Unixware 2.1.3 man pages are Novell's, that Novell actually has the
: copyrights.  Doing man pages seems to be the role of the source code
: maintainer.  Ergo, they didn't sell the copyrights, they sold a
: business opportunity.

Copyright notices don't tell the whole story.  They aren't required
for new code (and Sys V is mostly new enough, unlike Unix V32) after
the Berne enabling legislation.  And when they are transferred, the
old references aren't magically altered.

: groklaw.net has most of the info and analysis.

However, in this case, the bulk of the evidence is that Novell
retained the copyrights.  To transfer a copyright, one must
do so specifically, explicitly and in writing.  At best there's an
implication that Novell is obligated to transfer the copyright, but
even that's a stretch.


: Wesley Parish
: On Wednesday 29 November 2006 02:41, John Cowan wrote:
: > Michael Kerpan scripsit:
: > > That would never happen as it's SCO, not Novell, that owns System V
: >
: > Novell claims otherwise, that SCO is not the copyright owner but
: > simply has a license to distribute.
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