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]: Um, I disagree
by JAlexoid on Wed 9th Mar 2011 03:17 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Um, I disagree"
JAlexoid
Member since:
2009-05-19

How did that work for the Soviets?

Please. You have no fscking idea what you are trying to imply here.
This is not regulation, for that matter, it's consumer rights protection.

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RE[5]: Um, I disagree
by wannabe geek on Wed 9th Mar 2011 12:19 in reply to "RE[4]: Um, I disagree"
wannabe geek Member since:
2006-09-27

"How did that work for the Soviets?

Please. You have no fscking idea what you are trying to imply here.
This is not regulation, for that matter, it's consumer rights protection.
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Call it what you like. It's bureaucrats deciding on what consumers should or should not agree to. The market already has plenty of mechanisms for consumer protection and vendor liability. For mission-critical software, it's done by contracts. For mass market software, reputation is more than enough. Second-guessing these mechanisms will make software more expensive for consumers.

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RE[6]: Um, I disagree
by Soulbender on Wed 9th Mar 2011 19:25 in reply to "RE[5]: Um, I disagree"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

The market already has plenty of mechanisms for consumer protection and vendor liability


Your over-confidence in a self-regulating market as a panacea is just as wrong-headed as some peoples over-confidence in government regulation as panacea.

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