Licensing question

Mark James mrj at
Sun Mar 7 08:17:31 UTC 2010

On 03/07/10 18:05, Mahesh T. Pai wrote:

> Compare:-
>   >  >   >    But you have more rights with most commercial licences than an
>   >  >   >   absolutely-no-warrranty FOSS licence.
> (snip)
> With:-
>   >  Larger software vendors try to word their EULAs in FOSS-like "as is" terms,
>   >  but in many jurisdictions they can't dodge merchantability requirements.
> Hope you get my point.

Yes, no matter how companies try to dodge, due to statutory requirements,
commercial software purchasers usually have a greater guarantee of quality
than FOSS software users.

But this is not often tested in court. The bottom line is that that one
will usually work harder for one's customers than one's (free) users.


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