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]: Flawed analogy
by Soulbender on Tue 8th Mar 2011 06:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Flawed analogy"
Soulbender
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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"
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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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