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online demonposted 1647 Days Agoviews 332 Viewscomments 7 Comments
...Is what I would want to have now. And I would want to murder the entire software industry.
For every little piece of code that is big enough to be called a program, there is an End User License Agreement - EULA. To read and fully understand an EULA is not something for people who has not read at least a little bit of law. And for all the customers that have another native language than English, it surely does not help that the EULA usually is written in English.

We all know it; everyone just clicks "Accept" or "OK" and skips the whole deal. I do that too most of the time. I don't like it, but I often find myself in a position where I need that program and I don't have time to read kilobytes of legal language. We just accepts it, but we don't know what we are agreeing on.

Sometimes the software companies are quite funny in their license agreements though. Symantec for instance don't allow me to build a nuclear missile with the help of their antivirus. Can their antivirus actually do that? Sometimes I'm tempted to try and see if I can build one with the help of Norton. But I don't know how to do this with Norton so I guess I'm not smart enough.

I strongly oppose the whole idea with licenses. Back in the old days I owned the software I purchased. I don't own programs anymore, it's like renting it. I'm using the software at the software companie's mercy.
I do know and understand that piracy is bad and it's a problem for the software companies. But all the kilobytes with legal language is not actually doing much to protect them from pirates. A copyrich notice when the program is launched would be enough, and it would make alot of customers alot happier.

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online Marney1activity 1647 Days Ago
I've just got a reminder that the internet security software I use is up for renewal but I couldn't close the window. The only way to close it was to click the OK button which I presumed meant - click this to say you understand - so I clicked it and now it's downloading something (dunno what) with the warning, WARNING DON'T CLOSE THIS WINDOW.
Some of these programmes seem to control the user and tell you what you want rather than letting you decide for yourself.

As for skipping the legal jargon and small print we all do that most of the time. It's done that way to deliberately trick you into agreeing to stuff you might not like the idea of.
There should be no small print imo - it should be written short and to the point in plain English (or whatever language you request) and certainly not written in solicitor talk.

I'm a complete novice with PC's so I'm their perfect prey.
online Ex-PS Fanboyactivity 1647 Days Ago
It's just a legal issue. It's so people can't build a WMD with some software and then say, "I didn't know I couldn't do that, the companies never told me." Just look at GTA. People blame violence on it all the time, and if they didn't have a disclaimer they probably would have been considered responsible.
online TreeFittyactivity 1647 Days Ago
People are stupid. And when they fuck up they try to blame whoever they can. Companies need to cover every square inch of their ass.
online demonactivity 1647 Days Ago
(Hustler One)
It's just a legal issue. It's so people can't build a WMD with some software and then say, "I didn't know I couldn't do that, the companies never told me." Just look at GTA. People blame violence on it all the time, and if they didn't have a disclaimer they probably would have been considered responsible.

What is WMD?
Anyway, they don't need the EULA as a legal cover. A copyright notice is enough.

Do you have to read a whole lot of crap before you start to read a book? You could copy the book and sell it and claim that you never noticed the copyright notice. I don't think it would save you in court.

Other works, such as paintings, don't even have a copyright notice. Try to illegally copy a painting and sell the copies, you'll be punished if caught.

Why should software copyright be so much more different?

online demonactivity 1647 Days Ago
(TreeFitty)
People are stupid. And when they fuck up they try to blame whoever they can. Companies need to cover every square inch of their ass.

Yes people are stupid, but see my previous comment. I don't think they really need to do this to be covered.

They just likes to screw with us, knowing that we WILL accept without reading.
online Marney1activity 1647 Days Ago
@demon - WMD stands for Wet Moist Dick.
online TreeFittyactivity 1647 Days Ago
WMD = Weapon of Mass Destruction

*runs off to buzzword topic*


Copyright has nothing to do with someone blaming a game for corrupting their mind (or as in your original case, someone using a product for no good).
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