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We sign the indemnity clauses that are not excessive.
That is not a problem for my company.  It would be 
better to do business with like-minded vendors. 
I'm sure other middle system vendors will agree.

As for companies that move ahead without managing their 
risks, the fast moving Internet world is still writing 
off the costs of their losses.  Excuse me, the losses 
of their investors are being written off.  Many of their 
managers retired on the money they took from them.

The folks who taught us how to manage development 
risks were Germans.  They built systems that put 
man on the moon without a single failure, and they 
still build Mercedes.  You should acquaint yourself 
with Meredes' policy for feature analysis.  
Because of it, they have an outstanding warranty 
and a booming business for high cost, high quality 

Whoever solves the indemnity problem for software systems 
wins the market.  Simple and sure.


From: Elliotte Rusty Harold [mailto:elharo@metalab.unc.edu]

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 
being sued.


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