Who’s Liable When the Computer’s Wrong?

Courts will not accept the defense, “It is the computer’s fault.”
  • Michael Gemignani


“Computer” mistakes may result from hardware, software, or human error. When users get inaccurate information from computer output, the source of the problem may be—among other possibilities—that the original data was incorrect even before it was translated into a format the computer could manipulate;
  • □ the original data was translated incorrectly before being processed;

  • □ the software which processed the data contained either logical or semantic errors;

  • □ the output was incorrectly interpreted by the human user;

  • □ a hardware failure caused incorrect results to be produced;

—or some combination of these.


Nuclear Power Plant Hardware Failure Inaccurate Information Punitive Damage Appellate Court 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Gemignani
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  1. 1.Indiana UniversityUSA

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