EU CRA/PLD legislation and open source impacts

For those who aren’t following the news about the EU’s attempt to legislate software releases, you really should if you participate in open source projects in any way. Depending on how the various EU groups end up with the final legislation text, it could make even open source software products liable for failures in the same way that many consumer goods are liable for harms or breakage.

It’s still not clear which exact draft text(s) the EU will finally adopt, but FOSS organizations are very, very concerned these days. More reading:

If anyone else has really good sources for actual analyses of the current proposed EU law text, please share them around! It’s pretty complicated trying to read the different versions of the legislation proposed in their triparty method of writing this kind of legislation.

  • Shane