The case for changing software licenses



September 30th, 2005

If you buy hardware and it turns out to be a dud you have a number of avenues open to you for redress. The same is not true for [tag]software[/tag].

Technology analyst Bill Thompson thinks it is time for software vendors to accept their liability.

I agree - the idea that you accept a [tag]software license[/tag] by installing a software package and that by accepting the license you accept it "'as is' with all faults" sounds a lot to me like "heads I win, tails you lose". Yes, it would bring liability to the software world and corporations and open source projects would have to come to terms with this (some companies are bound to be adversly affected - but that wold only be because of serious software issues causing a flood of [tag]liability[/tag] claims). In the face of constant [tag]security[/tag] [tag]vulnerabilities[/tag] that liability is what's needed to give companies the motivation they need to tighten up security, fix bugs and give YOU, the user, the respect you deserve. The tools that we currently use for business and leisure on out [tag]PC[/tag] have been developed and released with no vendor liability - we can see where that's taken us. It's time for things to change.

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