The Mustang Regression Contest, and international law

; Date: Mon Feb 06 2006

Tags: Java

A question that's come up around the ( Regressions Contest is:- Why are various countries restricted from participating?

This has to do with laws and lawyers. No doubt you'll have seen this in other contests, especially if you've read the fine print. The phrase is: "void where prohibited by law" ...

In designing this contest we went through an interesting and probably excruciating exercise. We got some lawyers to research for us a set of contest rules that were as compatible with as many countries as possible. That turns out to be very difficult because the law governing contests varies so much from country to country, in incompatible ways. The lawyers did the best they could, but there's only so much one can do to harmonize conflicting laws.

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David Herron : David Herron is a writer and software engineer focusing on the wise use of technology. He is especially interested in clean energy technologies like solar power, wind power, and electric cars. David worked for nearly 30 years in Silicon Valley on software ranging from electronic mail systems, to video streaming, to the Java programming language, and has published several books on Node.js programming and electric vehicles.