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 Soulbender on Tue 8th Mar 2011 03:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Flawed analogy"
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If you'd like to pay for you laptop sums similar to an MRI machine, this is a good thing.

Last time I checked laptops were considered goods and thus not excempt from any liabilities. Good thing stuff like microchip design and manufacturing is nowhere as complex as software...

And there is the issue of open source software.

That's the interesting questions now, isn't it. OSS licenses also waivers any liabilities so what about that? Will there be or is there an exception. Does it not, for whatever reason, apply to OSS?

Edited 2011-03-08 03:49 UTC

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