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At 11:08 AM -0500 8/13/03, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
>No d'oh. Problem is, the middle vendors, people who build systems
>based on that EULAized or GPLized code DO have to indemnify it.
>Here's the deal, my darlings: we will soon refuse to accept
>your risks and your precocious but adolescent approach to
>risk management. ANY vendor of core technology that steps
>up to the responsibility of indemnifying their products to
>us such that we only have to indemnify our applications of
>it GETS OUR BUSINESS. GPL and EULA be dammed. If MS
>can figure out how to do that, fine. They win. If Red Hat
>can figure out how to do that, fine. They win. If neither
>can, then get ready for IBM to do it.
I just don't buy that. Your company may act like that, Len, but if so
then the companies that make technical decisions based on technical
constraints rather than fear of lawsuits are going to eat your lunch.
The more I work in American business, the more cases I see where
lawsuit avoidance is crippling businesses and severely impacting
their bottom line. The ones that succeed, especially in the fast
moving world of the Internet, are the ones that move ahead with good
ideas without consulting the lawyers, or worrying excessively about
Elliotte Rusty Harold
Processing XML with Java (Addison-Wesley, 2002)