How Would You Write A Computer Lemon Law?

from the not-so-easy dept

Ed Foster has written up a short blurb for Gripeline discussing how complicated it would be to write a "lemon law" for computers, but suggesting that one is still needed. As he notes, it's not as easy as just replacing the word "automobile" with "computer" in existing car lemon laws. After all, there are many different reasons why a computer would stop working -- and not all of it has to do with the hardware. However, putting a software exception in place would then just make computer manufacturers more likely to quickly blame software problems for any issues. Of course, a few years back some were suggesting that we needed lemon laws for software as well, so maybe the answer is to write an inclusive lemon law. To be honest, however, it's not entirely clear that such laws really are necessary. While my own personal experience suggests that many computer makers are quite resistant to admitting they sold you a lemon (my laptop with 6 failed hard drives in 18 months was a fun one to deal with), there are enough services and outlets for people to now make their problems very, very public -- and that's made some computer makers much more responsive. So, perhaps it's as problem that works itself out, as computer makers recognize that there is a huge cost in public relations damage to not responding to complaints.

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    Clueby4, 25 May 2007 @ 2:19pm

    Tech Wild West

    I get the feeling of a wild west atmosphere. EULAs, ToSs, No Returns, obtuse and invasive copy protection, spyware, malware, etc

    Yea, perish the thought software and hardware manufactures would be forced to stand behind there product.

    I would love to see some type of product liability placed on software companies, at the very least software/hardware should be TAX FREE, since the government does, effectively nothing to really help the public at large in that areas.

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