June 17, 2002

Microsoft at heart of calls for software liability

From Reuters:
"Microsoft Corp. MSFT.O , a company known for its popular software and its very deep pockets -- but also glitches in some
products -- is a liability lawyer's dream: the big game target that always gets away.

For decades, software makers have been protected from lawsuits as U.S. courts have struggled with the task of defining something as abstract and
fast-changing as computer code.

But now a growing number of voices within the industry and government are arguing for software to be held to the same standards as other products, a
potential reform that puts the world's largest software vendor squarely in its sights."

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