"It's the next big Linux controversy: Who should be liable if
customers wind up using software that was created from
misappropriated intellectual property?
"Linux resellers are not especially eager to tackle the
question, but they know it lurks just over the horizon, thanks to
the filing of the SCO-IBM lawsuit earlier this year. Ever since
then, chief information officers have been reading that they could
be vulnerable to future litigation for using open-source
"None of this has escaped the attention of Microsoft and other
like-minded suppliers of proprietary software. They are making sure
customers know all about the protection plans they offer in the
event that a company winds up in this sort of legal bind..."