Software liability laws: a dangerous solution
Posted Sep 8, 2007 2:25 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
Parent article: Software liability laws: a dangerous solution
It's already the law that you can buy software with a warranty and if it's broken and causes you damage, the seller pays for it. It's also the law that you can buy software without a warranty and accept the risk of bugs yourself. The proposal is to remove that second option.
That's a valuable option! People usually buy software without a warranty today. Why? Because the seller gives you a much lower price (even zero) if you do, and the buyer thinks he can control the risk himself for less than it would cost for the seller to do it.
So if the law removes the option, the buyer will have to pay the higher price to the seller. Who is that good for?
I rarely support taking choices away from people. But I might support a disclosure law -- so the seller has to explain how dangerous the software could be if it has a bug in it.
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