Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jul 2012 23:47 UTC
Internet Explorer "It's never good to scare away your customers. It's even worse if you don't realize you're doing it. That was me. Like most folks in the developer community, it's been years since I last used Internet Explorer as my daily browser. Oh sure, we all keep copies around for web development work, but Firefox, Chrome, and Safari now rule the web roost. Unfortunately, that was not the case with the Blurity userbase." Wise lesson from Jeff Keacher.
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rekabis
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2010-02-25

Not that I am in the legal profession, but the actions of Internet Explorer are a nearly perfect textbook definition of Libel, even though the term “could harm your computer” is used.

If I were to use heavy-handed scare tactics to prevent people from downloading your software by suggesting that it may be dangerous, I would probably be sued into poverty; no matter what my intentions may have been. Why does Microsoft get a free pass at this?

If their product actually scanned the material being downloaded and compared the results to a database of known malware, that is one thing. But to just unilaterally classify anything as dangerous simply because it hasn’t been downloaded all that often or been digitally signed is outright libel.

And in any law-abiding country that respects the rule of law, you could sue for damages. I suggest you do so.

Edited to add: the Blurity blog seems to have shut down their commets system. At any rate, I am unable to get it to work across four types of browsers running on five different devices. Hence, my comment here instead of on their site.

Edited 2012-07-16 19:23 UTC

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