Re: Warranty disclaimers with SHOUTY CAPITALS
Ben Finney <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> For what it's worth, the GPLv3 drafters researched the commonly-held
> belief that SHOUTY CAPITALS are required for warranty disclaimers,
> and concluded there was no such requirement:
> The warranty exclusions that were in GPL2 have not been changed
> saving one way: I took them out of all uppercase.
> [...] because no lawyer on Earth knows [why] they aren't in mixed
> case and everybody seems to think that everybody else knows and
> that he's the only one that doesn't know and he was absent that
> day in law school.
Sadly, checking the released version of GPLv3, I see that the sections
"15. Disclaimer of Warranty." and "16. Limitation of Liability." both
contain all text in SHOUTY CAPITALS.
That's disappointing :-( I wasn't aware they'd been reverted from
readable text. It must have happened shortly before the release.
> > so the board may want to check their local legal position before
> > finalising the non-shouty version.
> If the board reveals something more substantive on the reason for
> writing disclaimers in SHOUTY CAPITALS than "because that's what
> everyone says you have to do", I'm sure many people would be
This still stands. I'm still entirely unaware of what the legal reason
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