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[4]: Um, I disagree
by WereCatf on Tue 8th Mar 2011 22:02 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Um, I disagree"
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It would be much better if "closed source" software companies based their business model on software-as-a-service

If they did that they'd be liable under a completely different set of laws and rules, that's the whole point why they sell you a product and then later on tell you that they actually didn't sell you it: it allows them to circumvent the laws. And THAT is the whole point of this whole thing here: only software companies can circumvent the rules whereas no other industry sector can, and they trample on customer rights in the process.

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