Sunday, May 10, 2009

Should Developers Be Liable For Their Code?

ZDNet has an interesting article about if developers should be liable for the code they write:

Software companies could be held responsible for the security and efficacy of their products, if a new European Commission consumer protection proposal becomes law.

Commissioners Viviane Reding and Meglena Kuneva have proposed that EU consumer protections for physical products be extended to software. They suggested change in the law is part of an EU action agenda put forward by the commissioners after identifying gaps in EU consumer protection rules.

The Linux Journal and SlashDotOrg, have follow ups. If you are easily offended by vulgar language, best avoid the SlaDotOrg link.

Most causes of system faults are created before the first line of code is written, or first schematic is drawn. The errors are caused by not understanding the requirements of the system.

What do you think?