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ZDNET UK: Legal technicality puts Linux programmers at risk

“A technicality in the installation process of package managers
in several Linux distributions has highlighted a legal problem that
could nullify liability disclaimers with some Linux software,
according to Australian software house Bowerbird Computing.”

“Mathew Parry, founder of Bowerbird recently posted a press
release suggesting that because disclaimers do not appear before
installation on several distributions, Linux developers could be
open to law suits if their programs cause problems.”

“Parry told ZDNet: “This was a result of advice from my
lawyer. I asked him if he could read the liability disclaimers on
our software and he said this could be a big problem. I thought I
should post this basically to get people talking about
it.

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