Legislative proposal sent to my Congressman

Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu Valdis.Kletnieks at vt.edu
Tue Oct 4 02:58:18 UTC 2016


On Mon, 03 Oct 2016 18:33:38 -0700, Matthew Petach said:

> If you hold the executives of the hardware manufacturer
> responsible for the software running on their devices,
> then the next generation of hardware from every
> manufacturer is going to be hardware locked to
> ONLY run their software.  No OpenWRT, no Tomato,
> no third party software that could be compromised
> and leave them holding the liability bag.

Turn it on its ear.

Liability only attaches if the product is closed-source.

Sure, that leaves us with lots of open-source light bulbs
that are basically abandonware 5 years later, but at least
at that point it's more possible to fix any remaining issues...

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