Subject: Re: prohibiting use that would result in death or personal injury
From: Rick Moen <>
Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 11:28:35 -0700

begin  Derek J. Balling quotation:

> It is obvious now, that any product using the GPL has opened its 
> owner up to liability in the case you've described, and I don't see 
> the GPL actually getting changed in this regard (it seems it would go 
> against RMS's moral code for it, and I can acknowledge that side of 
> the argument).
> No clear-cut answers here, but I think the problem is actually much 
> more insidious than you realized. :)

GPL clauses 11 & 12 ("NO WARRANTY") attempt to avert this problem.

Nothing prevents some court from imputing liability despite that -- 
but one cannot absolutely prevent courts from doing perverse things,
only discourage it.

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