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Watch out, developers: Here come the lawyers

Aug 07, 2009, 15:33 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Snyder)

"Here's an odd couple: Microsoft and the Linux Foundation. These two organizations, normally on opposite sides of almost any issue, agree that a new set of guidelines making software vendors liable for knowingly shipping buggy software is badly off base. They claim that the guidelines are likely to lead to a flood of expensive lawsuits against both large commercial vendors and small-scale open source developers. What's more, it could impose expensive obligations to scour support forums and the like for notice of problems, a procedure that would be overly burdensome for small developers, say critics.

"Yes, this is a warning that developers should follow the issue closely. But there's another side to the story: Don't software buyers, both consumers and enterprise, deserve to get what they've paid for: software that solves the problem it was written to address?"

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