Subject: Re: responsible license
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: Wed, 03 Sep 2003 04:23:22 -0500
Newsgroups: comp.unix.programmer,comp.lang.c,comp.lang.lisp,comp.unix.admin,
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Jerry Feldman  <> wrote:
| > Manufacturers would simply purchase more expensive liability
| > insurance, raise the prices on their software, and continue to produce
| > software that is no more reliable. An even worse unintended
| > consequence -- when a bug was discovered, a company would likely go
| > out of business leaving nobody and nothing to maintain the software.
| Not only that, it would destroy some commercial software vendors. Let's
| say that company a buys software from vendor b. Company a misuses that
| software, and sues company b. Even though a misused the software, they
| can end up costing company b a large amount of money just to defend
| itself. Cessna stopped producing light single engine aircraft because of
| this. not because there was anything wrong with these aircraft (They had
| never lost a suit), but because of the cost of defending themselves. 

Piper, not Cessna. And it went bankrupt, not just "stopped producing
light singles". That's why the current successor company is called
"The NEW Piper Aircraft Company". See:



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