SCO sues IBM over Unix

The SCO Group of Lindon, Utah, is suing IBM Corp. for $1 billion over intellectual property rights to the Unix operating system.

The suit, filed in a Utah state court, accuses IBM of misappropriating trade secrets, unfair competition and breach of contract. It claims that IBM has been incorporating proprietary Unix code into the open-source Linux platform, which IBM is betting on heavily as "the world's fastest-growing operating system," according to its Linux Web portal.

IBM is one of several companies that licensed Unix from AT&T Bell Laboratories in the 1980s. SCO acquired the ownership rights to Unix in 1995.


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