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]: Flawed analogy
by Neolander on Tue 8th Mar 2011 06:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Flawed analogy"
Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08

That's the interesting questions now, isn't it. OSS licenses also waivers any liabilities so what about that? Will there be or is there an exception. Does it not, for whatever reason, apply to OSS?

Guess there will be a way to treat the "release early release often" model like we currently treat prototypes : it is forbidden to make money from them afaik, but you can have people test them under certain conditions. Pharmaceutical companies do this all the time...

What is worrying however is what will happen to GPL-like licensing which is totally based on EULAs... BSD/MIT can simply be replaced with public domain in most cases, except for the disclaimer.

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RE[4]: Flawed analogy
by Soulbender on Tue 8th Mar 2011 06:33 in reply to "RE[3]: Flawed analogy"
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2005-08-18

The GPL/BSD/MIT probably isn't affected at all since they do not concern themselves with how the consumer use the product, only with redistribution.

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RE[5]: Flawed analogy
by Neolander on Tue 8th Mar 2011 06:39 in reply to "RE[4]: Flawed analogy"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

You're right. It's possible to introduce terms concerning redistribution of hardware, after all in most countries you can't simply give dangerous objects like weapons, explosives, and cars to somebody.

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