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Old 06-10-2009, 11:00 PM   #1
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LXer: Software liability law could divide open source


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The world of open source development could be divided if the European Commission (EC) succeeds in passing a law extending consumer protection rules to software, according to experts. The EC proposes software companies be held liable in the European Union (EU) for the security and efficacy of their products. David Mitchell, senior vice president of IT Research at Ovum, thinks this may lead to a situation boosting current open source vendors' business models, but making it more difficult for independent developers to thrive.

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