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The Linux legal war increased in scope and ferocity this week as IBM coutersued SCO, which had claimed Big Blue wrongfully used SCO Unix source code in Linux. Meanwhile, the open-source community has almost unilaterally aligned against Lindon, Utah-based SCO by supporting the counterclaim. The IBM counterclaim, which asks the courts to stop SCO from "misrepresenting its rights" and accuses SCO of patent infringement, won the support of Novell, according to an IBM e-mail obtained by TechNewsWorld.
I would like to know if it is possible for end users to start a class-action suit against SCO. I believe that what SCO is doing damages me, my use and support of Linux.
You should note in your article that Ms DiDio has been chasing all over the globe on behalf of SCO to the extent that the casual observer would assume automatically that Yankee is funded by SCO. Her argument that indemnification is required by Linux users is a pretty bogus claim. For instance, does Microsoft indemnify users against virus damage or blue screens? Clearly if they did they wouldn't have $47b in the bank. But the real issue with the type of indemnification that Ms Didio is suggesting is against SCO lawsuits. Obviously SCO suing Joe on the corner dosen't stand to gain a dollar, but put a deep pocket indemnity like Ms DiDio is suggesting and suddenly there is profit in suing the little guy. Given the extraordinary reliability of Linux Operating systems, indemnity is hardly a demand from the users. Insofar as indemnity against SCO is concerned, time will show it is entirely unnecessary.