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: Um, I disagree
by ichi on Tue 8th Mar 2011 01:24 UTC in reply to "Um, I disagree"
ichi
Member since:
2007-03-06

Example: a plug-in crashes the browser. Who's at fault? The plug-in -- or the browser? It isn't clear how EU regulation would distinguish liability between the two components.


The day software companies are actually liable for software bugs, then we can start talking about that.

As of now, your point is moot.

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RE[2]: Um, I disagree
by tomcat on Tue 8th Mar 2011 02:35 in reply to "RE: Um, I disagree"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

"Example: a plug-in crashes the browser. Who's at fault? The plug-in -- or the browser? It isn't clear how EU regulation would distinguish liability between the two components.


The day software companies are actually liable for software bugs, then we can start talking about that.

As of now, your point is moot.
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Dude, we ARE talking about liability here. It's not moot.

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RE[3]: Um, I disagree
by ichi on Tue 8th Mar 2011 10:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Um, I disagree"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

You are arguing that making developers liable would be counter productive because there's no clear way to determine what application is the culprit of the flaw.

Well... does it happen that often now? And I mean besides public opinion and sensationalist headlines. Does the actual offending app ever have remained unknown?

You get those kind of conflicts in other areas, and those situations are investigated and properly addressed.
No one would object investigating a collapsed building just because it wouldn't be clear if it was the architect fault of if the interior designers might have weakened a structural pillar.

Software shouldn't be different, and as long as it keeps it's status of mystical dark art where bugs are the norm rather than the exception there will be no effort to improve the code quality beyond the minimum reasonable to get the product out of the door with a straight face.

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RE[3]: Um, I disagree
by pepa on Tue 8th Mar 2011 13:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Um, I disagree"
pepa Member since:
2005-07-08

Liability? Are you American?? This article is about Europe.
And even in the US liability doesn't tend to apply to software, that's why EULA's exist...

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