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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At last I'll own my copy of Office
by gmelis on Tue 8th Mar 2011 14:19 UTC
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I think you are putting too much brain power on the bug-thing, when there is the problem of many software companies claiming that you don't own the software you buy. The first thing that goes is who "owns" the software and what he can do with it, i.e. resell it. This is what scares BSA most, the software flaws etc. are just smokescreen. Software is the only product that you buy but don't own. The seller sells you the product but may withhold ownership. Now they'll lose that and they loathe it. Period.

Edited 2011-03-08 14:23 UTC

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somebody Member since:

don't forget...
- movies (you can only play them on devices that payed additional fee)
- any kind of drm content also restricts you to use it as you'd like
- games (you can be held liable if you change it)
- ps3 (you cannot buy it as sony showed, you have it on loan)

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JAlexoid Member since:

- ps3 (you cannot buy it as sony showed, you have it on loan)

I wouldn't be surprised that that was a big reason behind the amendment about software. EU council are the ones that are literally free from PR influence by corporations. They are unelected, but are chosen by national governments.
There are benefits(they can do what they think is right, but not popular) and disadvantages(their definition of "right" may not be right)

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