Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Mar 2011 23:21 UTC
Legal Well, how about some positive news to end this day? How about annoying the heck out of the Business Software Alliance? There's a new proposal for a directive on consumer rights in the EU, and in it, digital goods - software, online services, and so on - are explicitly defined as goods that are no different than any other good - like bread, watches, or cars. In other words, you would suddenly own the copies of software you buy, effectively declaring the EULA as a worthless piece of paper. Surprise - the BSA is not happy about this.
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RE[2]: Flawed analogy
by tomcat on Tue 8th Mar 2011 02:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Flawed analogy"
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Yes, people miss this aspect of the issue.

It's possible to write (almost) defect free software. It's done in health sector or at NASA, or some military areas. Nevertheless the cost of the software is significantly higher. $1000 per line of code higher.

If you'd like to pay for you laptop sums similar to an MRI machine, this is a good thing.

Except people AREN'T going to want to pay what it would cost to write almost defect free software. But they're still going to want to sue you. Which seems like the wrong dynamic.

And there is the issue of open source software. Unless there is an exception, this effectively kills the "release early, release often" cycle.

I don't think it kills it. Just forces everyone to absorb the impact of new regulatory issues.

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