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Re: Fishing License

On Thu, 11 May 2006, Robin Laing wrote:

Les Mikesell wrote:
On Thu, 2006-05-11 at 10:50, Robin Laing wrote:

The point is how many people actually read and understand the EULA. I wonder how many people realize the rights that they hand to MS when they click on the agree or install their latest version of XP.

This is an interesting question as this was posted just a few days ago.

You cannot even boot a new computer without agreeing to the EULA. The service tech may do it in advance and you, as a user may never see it. It has happened to me.

Yes it would be a big boost to open source if companies treated
EULAs like other contracts and waited for their legal departments
to scrutinize and approve them before hitting that 'accept'
key on every install and update.

Whoa, don't give the lawyers an idea on how to make more money. Just think about it. Your legal department all of a sudden decides that you cannot install any software without one of their staff reading and discussing the implications of the EULA and deciding if it is safe for the company to use.

On the other hand, if the lawyers get involved, there may be a good reason not to purchase Windows or pre-installed systems. Lawyers have a good way of taking things way out of context.

Wait until they get a look at the GPL...

If lawyers got involved in everything we would still be living in caves unable to use fire due to the "liability issues".

"Waiter! This lambchop tastes like an old sock!" - Sheri Lewis

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