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Re: [HACKERS] Support (was: Democracy and organisation)

From: "Christopher Kings-Lynne" <chriskl(at)familyhealth(dot)com(dot)au>
To: <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>, "Tim Hart" <tjhart(at)mac(dot)com>
Cc: "Andrew Sullivan" <andrew(at)libertyrms(dot)info>,<pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Support (was: Democracy and organisation)
Date: 2002-06-27 07:08:14
Message-ID: 01bb01c21da9$683f1b80$0200a8c0@SOL (view raw or flat)
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Hmmm...

I think this is a common fallacy.  It's like arguing that if windoze crashes
and you lose important data then you have some sort of legal recourse
against Microsoft.  Ever read one of their EULAs?  $10 says that Oracle's
license grants them absolute immunity to any kind of damages claim.

Chris

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Tim Hart Wrote:

If a catastrophic software failure results in a high percentage of lost
revenue, a corporation might be able to seek monetary compensation from a
commercial vendor. They could even be taken to court - depending upon
licensing, product descriptions, promises made in product literature, etc.
For cases like open source projects, like PostgreSQL, there is no legal
recourse available.

So - in the extreme case, if commercial Vendor V's database blows chunks,
and causes company B to loose a lot of money. If Company B can prove that
the fault lies squarely on the shoulders of Vendor V, Company C can sue
Vendor V's a** off. Executive management isn't at fault - because they have
performed due diligence and have forged a partnership with vendor V who has
a legal responsibility for the claims of their product.




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