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 bert64 on Tue 8th Mar 2011 11:35 UTC in reply to "Um, I disagree"
bert64
Member since:
2007-04-23

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?

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RE[2]: Um, I disagree
by Lennie on Tue 8th Mar 2011 13:50 in reply to "RE: Um, I disagree"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Interresting how people use car analogies in this discussion.

Every modern car you buy in the showroom will have a number of blackboxes with software in it. Without it, the car won't even start.

So indirectly software is already regulated.

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RE[2]: Um, I disagree
by tomcat on Wed 9th Mar 2011 02:21 in reply to "RE: Um, I disagree"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

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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RE[3]: Um, I disagree
by TheGZeus on Wed 9th Mar 2011 02:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Um, I disagree"
TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

o_O
After a car is blown to shit, it's a hell of alot harder to trace and completely impossible to repeat.

The opposite is true with software.

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