Finally, I found this quote amusing:
EU consumer commissioner Kuneva said that more accountability for software makers, and for companies providing digital services, would lead to greater consumer choice.
Attractive profits are the No. 1 business reason to enter a market. The risk of getting sued for damages caused by software defects would introduce a barrier to market entry. With fewer market entrants, the goal of "greater consumer choice" is a pipe dream. The software industry already has attractive profit potential, and there is nothing in this EC proposal to increase profits. Unless the EC thinks that software vendors will be able to raise prices higher than the associated liability insurance premiums? I'm not sure how this is in the consumer's best interest.
Like many others, I think the EC needs to go back to the drawing board on this one.
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