Taking on software liability (07 Oct 2005)
I was not trying to undermine Firefox, and it is clear that there is a difference between something that is given away for free and something that is paid for when it comes to fitness for purpose and performance.
But liability for consequential damage is different from guarantees of proper working. One of the main challenges facing us is finding a licencing regime that can allow free software to flourish while still giving users some assurance that their program will not damage their system or their lives.
Perhaps fear of being sued, the most obvious consequence of liability, isn't the way to it, but we must do something to improve the situation.
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