Software liability laws: a dangerous solution
Posted Sep 6, 2007 8:57 UTC (Thu) by nim-nim
Parent article: Software liability laws: a dangerous solution
This article is the usual FUD about "if software is liable poor basement hackers will be put in jail".
When assigning liability damages judges will just follow the money trail. You paid nothing to foo vendor, you get no damages. You paid foo vendor you get damages (and foo vendor can sue whoever it paid to get the right to distribute bar software)
The truth is liability laws would force support contracts to actually mean something. Right now FLOSS software is discriminated against by customers that feel they get some security by paying big bucks for proprietary software, when in fact they get almost nothing because these contracts have no legal backing.
+10 for automatic liability proportionnal to the pricing of software (or software support). That would:
- force vendor pricing to align with software quality,
- make clear to buyers when additionnal assurance policy is needed,
- make clear to users they're on their own when they manage billions with a few VBA macros
- stop salesmen from knowingly placing inadequate software and lying about the level of support customers will get
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