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LinuxPR: Liability disclaimers and Linux packaging

“Bowerbird Computing has discovered a problem with the way
Packaging systems are implemented on Linux systems that may render
any free software liability disclaimer ineffective.”

“With current packaging systems the liability disclaimer is not
displayed to the user before installation. With libraries and
daemons this could render the liability disclaimer
ineffective.”

“This is a very serious liability for free software developers,
and the legal advice given to Bowerbird Computing is that the user
should be presented with the disclaimer before
installation and then given the option to not install the software
after reading it.”

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