Posted Sep 8, 2007 2:04 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
In reply to: International liability
Parent article: Software liability laws: a dangerous solution
Just the thought of someone suing a free software developer (without a support contract) is ridiculous
You've heard of tort law? Liability for one's negligence -- no contract or transaction required.
If you set up a public swimming pool, as a gift, and don't put a fence around it and a child you've never met wanders in and drowns, you're liable for the damage at least some places in the US. That may not be negligent enough to trigger liability in all jurisdictions, but all of them have similar cases that do.
I'm not claiming that spreading buggy software reaches that level of negligence; just that it's not as black and white as if you give it away, you aren't responsible for your mistakes.
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