[LINK] Code Red puts Microsoft in hot seat
Mon, 6 Aug 2001 12:48:15 +1000 (EST)
On Mon, 6 Aug 2001, Bernard Robertson-Dunn contributed:
> Code Red puts Microsoft in hot seat
> By Dan Verton
> 6 August, 2001 8:37
> Washington, U.S.
> "People have every right to expect reliable, secure software," said Jay
> Nickson, a security trainer at Ronin Software Group in West Chesterfield,
> N.H. He added that developers should be responsible if errors in their
> software result in lost profits, lost hours or bodily harm. He even
> suggested that it might be time for a "software users' bill of rights."
> But Alan Paller, director of the SANS Institute, a security research
> organization in Bethesda, Md., said that's a long shot. A routine check of
> the terms of the agreement included with every shrink-wrapped package of
> software from Microsoft and other developers would show that users "have no
> rights at all," he said.
I would have thought that user's rights are covered by expectations of
suitability of purpose as enshrined in consumer rights legislation, not
by a shrink-wrapped licence the consumer cannot read before purchasing
a product. It is a conflict of interest for the software supplier
to dictate the rights of the purchaser.
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