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RE: License Feedback -- health and safety issues


safety issues for lawyers
I don't think so.  I read somewhere that Lloyds is about 
to provide indemnity insurance of some kind but I don't 
remember the details.  Also, some companies such as Red 
Hat are picking up some responsibility for open source 
indemnity.   Today in the contracts I read, it is a 
caveat vendor clause:  you build it, you indemnify it. 

How that will work for the a la cart services (built a 
web site, opened it for free access, maintain it 
sporadically, but it gets used for serious work) is 
likely caveat emptor.  Again, the heck of this is until 
the lawyers process a case or two, we don't know.

Critique of that topic is still fresh, but when one 
reads RFPs and contracts daily, one gets a different 
perspective on the evolution and marketing of web 
systems.  Hyping technologies into being is only 
one part and a very early part of the evolution.  
Then the real work of making them mercantile begins.

len


From: Chiusano Joseph [mailto:chiusano_joseph@b...]

> The same for services.   It is the question I ask repeatedly: 
> what is the culpability for services created on top of 
> services, for example, using Google addresses and a separate 
> geocoding service?
> 
> I'd think long and hard before building an application over 
> unvetted and non-indemnified web services.  That this is also 
> true of standards and specifications built by polite 
> aggregation and published prior to serious implementation 
> goes without saying. 

Exactly. How about service insurance? I posed this idea to this listserv
and the W3C Semantic Web Services Public Listserv in Oct last year:

http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/200410/msg00010.html

Is this a radical idea?
 

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