The American Law Institute’s Principles on Software Contracts and their Ramifications for Software Engineering Research

James Williams and Jens H. Weber
University of Victoria, Canada
Session: 
Different Angles

The American Law Institute has recently published principles of software contracts that may have profound impact on changing the software industry. One of the principles implies a nondisclaimable liability of software vendors for any hidden material defects. In this paper, we describe the new principle, first from a legal and then from a software engineering point of view. We point out potential ramifications and research directions for the software engineering community.