August 23, 2001

A new order for end-user licenses

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill writes "What is the best possible outcome of the Microsoft monopoly case for Microsoft, for the rest of the software providers, and for consumers? I have some suggestions. The court should rule as a matter of law that neither Microsoft nor any other software vendor can exempt itself from product liability in its EULA (end-user license agreement) unless the company makes all of its source code available with compilers and other necessary supplemental software so that the end user, or some entity contracted by the end user, has the opportunity to verify the integrity of the machine's usable instructions and data."
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