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]: Um, I disagree
by tomcat on Wed 9th Mar 2011 02:21 UTC in reply to "RE: Um, I disagree"
tomcat
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Not unique to software at all... If you make modifications to your car, or drive it in an unsafe manner then it may crash or break down. Car manufacturers are not held responsible for crashes as a result of poor maintenance, third party modifications or poor driving. Why would software suppliers be treated any different?


Because the interactions between software components are not easily inspectable, whereas real physical components are.

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