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[6]: Um, I disagree
by Soulbender on Wed 9th Mar 2011 19:25 UTC 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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RE[7]: Um, I disagree
by wannabe geek on Thu 10th Mar 2011 01:00 in reply to "RE[6]: Um, I disagree"
wannabe geek Member since:
2006-09-27

I don't have a confidence on markets curing all ills and solving all problems (being a panacea),I just have zero confidence on bureacrats second-guessing consumers, in this case with mandatory standards of liability.

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RE[8]: Um, I disagree
by JAlexoid on Sat 12th Mar 2011 04:03 in reply to "RE[7]: Um, I disagree"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

I don't have a confidence on markets curing all ills and solving all problems (being a panacea),I just have zero confidence on bureacrats second-guessing consumers, in this case with mandatory standards of liability.


This is the same group of people that told the tel.co to slash their roaming prices, because they were overblown. SO far, I am really happy with the result, which wouldn't have come around without them.

So yeah, as a citizen of EU I have enough trust in them*, based on their history. Specially in consumer rights protection.

* Main reason is that European Commission is mostly an apolitical organization.

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