Software liability laws: a dangerous solution
Posted Sep 12, 2007 8:34 UTC (Wed) by copsewood
Parent article: Software liability laws: a dangerous solution
Legislators should not use legislation to patch a problem wrongly identified based on the unquestioned assumption that consequences of ineffective anti-monopoly legislation will continue to hold.
The problem as identified: Consumers don't have an effective choice to buy secure software.
The real problem: Metcalfe's law results in software monopolies denying consumers choices that the market might otherwise effectively be able to offer.
The right solution: Legislate against software monopolies and apply existing legislation against software monopolies more actively and robustly.
The wrong solution: Use software liability laws to offshore all software development to countries that don't have software liabilty laws
Making consumers pay more directly for making wrong software purchasing choices (e.g. through increased ISP charges) can only really be considered and advanced when consumers have purchasing choices in the first place.
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