When I heard on August 10, 2007, that Utah-based U.S. District Court Judge Dale Kimball had issued a 102-page opinion in The SCO Group, Inc v. Novell, Inc, I was anxious to read it. I was also anxious to see what paralegal and blogger Pamela "PJ" Jones , founder of Groklaw and an expert on the case, had to say about the opinion. Even lawyers in the case and those with impending litigation involving The SCO Group and the companies they represent turn to her blog for news about the case. See "Lawyers Flock to Mystery Web Site's Coverage of SCO-IBM Suit."
As a litigation paralegal with a journalist background, reading well-crafted legal opinions is as natural as reading a good novel. Judge Kimball's August 10, 2007, Memorandum Decision and Order in The SCO Group, Inc v. Novell, Inc fit the bill as a good read. It was comprehensive and lacked the legal jargon that often keeps those uninitiated in law in the dark.
A civil litigation defense paralegal since 1991, I naturally gravitated towards Novell and its claim that it, not SCO, owned UNIX and UnixWare copyrights, and that SCO only had a license for UNIX. As P.J and many others expected he would, Judge Kimball ruled that Novell, Inc is the rightful owner of UNIX and UnixWare copyrights.
If you are interested in this case--it's not over yet--I suggest you visit Groklaw for background. P.J has followed it from day one. She is perhaps the foremost authority on it. Her views on Judge Kimball's ruling are in "Court Rules: Novell owns the UNIX and UnixWare copyrights! Novell has right to waive!
Note: A longer version of this post can be found at The Technology Free Press, my blog about "tech news, web/tech, tech blogging and tech politics.