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Re^2: Hiding source code (in a country with no laws)by dimar (Curate)
|on Feb 09, 2006 at 21:53 UTC||Need Help??|
Luckily, I had very few clients like that. Most were and are still viable and going on seven years, still working with them happily.
I wonder how "happily" they would be working with you if you admitted to them that you see no ethical problem writing software with logic bombs, malware, and who knows whatever else in order to extort prompt payment from your "customers".
I would not knowingly buy a car with brakes that are intentionally designed to fail if the bank should happen to make a mistake and fail to submit my car payment on time.
I would not knowingly buy a meal with poison in it if I knew that getting the antedote was contingent upon my waiter being happy with the size of the tip.
My bet is you would not like those things either, but the tactics you boast about here don't seem much better.
If someone is late paying you money, there is *always* a remedy: more money. If someone pays late, along with interest and whatever penalties for the lateness, then you have gotten the full benefit of what you bargained for, perhaps even more.
If, however, someone delivers a unique good or service, and intentionally misrepresents a concealed defect for the purpose of 'future leverage', that represents a risk to someone's *business, reputation, and livelihood* with potential damages that can never be restored with mere money.
Sure, perhaps no lives were at stake in your particular scenario, and perhaps they were "deadbeats" ... but it is also possible that your opinion might be wrong, and you could be opening yourself up to all kinds of liability with your 'vigilante' justice, breach of contract, and misrepresentation.