[LINK] Cloud Computing Services in Australia?
brd at iimetro.com.au
Tue Nov 8 10:03:45 AEDT 2011
On 8/11/2011 8:14 AM, Tom Worthington wrote:
> On 06/11/11 18:24, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>> Cloud computing is a vague term ... It would be dangerous to assume that it is just a new version of the 1960s service bureau. ...
> In legal terms it cloud computing is essentially the same as a 60s
> computer bureau: you run your computer application on someone else's
> computer, somewhere else and you share that computer with other people.
> It is the someone else, somewhere else and sharing which are going to
> create legal issues. The technical details don't matter to the court.
That observation only applies to some Cloud models.
e.g. in the data storage model, you run your application on your
computer(s) but store some or all of your data in "The Cloud". c.f.
Dropbox. In fact if you wish, you can run a Dropbox application on your
computer. This means that you are running part of the cloud ecosystem on
So what's the legal position if their application, running on your
machine does not perform as expected or required? Is it your
responsibility or theirs?
email: brd at iimetro.com.au
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