Subject: Re: Fiduciary limitations
From: bruce@perens.com (Bruce Perens)
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 1999 23:30:26 -0800 (PST)

From: Brian Bartholomew <bb@wv.com>
> What legal mechanisms exist to constrain future actions of a business
> against its profit motive?  How can a software business prove to
> consumers that the terms and business values they like today will be
> applied in the future, even if the company is sold to new management?

Contracts.

The problem is that customers have not learned to insist on good contracts
from their vendors.

One of the reasons that we are _so_ concerned with licenses, is because they
encode just this sort of contract.

	Thanks

	Bruce