The law is squishy
Posted Jan 15, 2012 0:03 UTC (Sun) by khim
In reply to: The law is squishy
Parent article: The Nook Tablet and the GPL
When society decides what costs should fall on a corporation, it does it in different rooms from when it decides what enforcement procedures should be available make such costs land there.
If society decides that company should be liable then it should write penalties (enforced by court) in law. If law forbids something yet does not say what penalty is there for violation then for all intents and purposes such law is pure PR - companies will ignore them and will be right. Top managers understand that principle very, very, VERY well. Joe Sixpack Average may not understand that, but then LWN readers are not Joe Averages, I've kind of expected better from them.
My point, in addition to the fact that they're separate things, was that I find the liability discussion more interesting.
I find them boring. Imaginary liabilities belong to PR realm and there are a lot of other, more interesting things to discuss. They don't materially affect companies and as such are ignored 99% of time. 1% which is not ignored happens when they can be used to improve public image of the company - but it's hard to predict when particular company will need such boost thus it's hard to predict when imaginary liabilities will come in play.
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