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[3]: Um, I disagree
by wannabe geek on Tue 8th Mar 2011 21:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Um, I disagree"
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Competition -- not regulation -- makes software better.

Exactly! I cringe when politicians want to introduce yet more industry regulation. How did that work for the Soviets?

I'm also weary of software being treated just like physical goods. I oppose so-called "intellectual property", especially patents,. The EULAs would be fine by me, if they were just a contract between the user and the vendor, like an NDA, but not affecting third parties who didn't agree to it. It would be much better if "closed source" software companies based their business model on software-as-a-service and secrecy (like Google does). But then reverse engineering would have to be fair game.

All in all, I guess this time I side with (YUCK) the BSA.

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