Sony has moved to dismiss a class action law suit brought against it over the removal of the 'Install Other OS' function from its PlayStation 3 games console.
The case was brought to court by one David Verner on behalf of anyone who had coughed up the cash for a PS3 on the understanding that it was capable of running Linux.
According to Verner's legal team, thousands such people became a bit miffed when the Japanese media giant withdrew the functionality after it was discovered that hackers were using the Open Source operating system to footle about with the hardware's innards - an activity which could eventually have lead to the games console's otherwise impenetrable security being breached, leaving the floodgates open to pirates and other undesirables.
Verner says he chose to buy a PS3, despite it being more expensive than a Wii or Xbox, because of the Other OS ability. He is also disputing Sony's line that the function was removed to protect PS3 users, suggesting that the company was merely protecting its own profits.
Members of the class action say that Sony advertised and marketed the Other OS function as a major feature.
Sony's lawyers just keep laughing and pointing at the PS3 Licensing Agreement which basically says, "You don't really own your hardware or the software installed on it, and we can do whatever the hell we want to do with it without explanation or recompense, because we have more money than you."
It's a commonplace event for Big Business defendants to bluster about dismissals in such cases, but the backers of this particular action still reckon they have a leg or two to stand on.