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EULAs Don't Have To Suck 233

jfruhlinger writes "The ubiquitous EULA — reams of baffling text imposing draconian terms on software users — infuriate most Slashdot users and are routinely ignored by everyone else (until they suddenly cause trouble, of course). But it doesn't have to be that way. Several European countries are considering laws mandating user-friendly EULAs, and some companies provide them voluntarily."
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EULAs Don't Have To Suck

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  • by HarrySquatter ( 1698416 ) on Thursday November 17, 2011 @02:59PM (#38088980)

    RealPlayer apparently cannot be used

    And nothing of value was lost.

  • by Oswald McWeany ( 2428506 ) on Thursday November 17, 2011 @03:54PM (#38089632)

    You do realise that Apple now own the naming rights to any household pets you aquire in the future and you must now name all of them "Steve".

    - and that's not even the strangest thing hidden in that EULA.

  • by Dogbertius ( 1333565 ) on Thursday November 17, 2011 @04:22PM (#38089924)
    Not all of them are bad. HavenTree did a humorous one some time back:

    Text of software license
    This is where the bloodthirsty licensing agreement is supposed to go, explaining that Interactive Easyflow is a copyrighted package licensed for use by a single person, and sternly warning you not to pirate copies of it and explaining, in detail, the gory consequences if you do. We know that you are an honest person, and are not going to go around pirating copies of Interactive Easyflow; this is just as well with us since we worked hard to perfect it and selling copies of it is our only method of making anything out of all the hard work. If, on the other hand, you are one of those few people who do go around pirating copies of software you probably aren't going to pay much attention to a license agreement, bloodthirsty or not. Just keep your doors locked and look out for the HavenTree attack shark.

    Text of disclaimer
    We don't claim Interactive EasyFlow is good for anything -- if you think it is, great, but it's up to you to decide. If Interactive EasyFlow doesn't work: tough. If you lose a million because Interactive EasyFlow messes up, it's you that's out the million, not us. If you don't like this disclaimer: tough. We reserve the right to do the absolute minimum provided by law, up to and including nothing. This is basically the same disclaimer that comes with all software packages, but ours is in plain English and theirs is in legalese. We didn't really want to include any disclaimer at all, but our lawyers insisted. We tried to ignore them but they threatened us with the attack shark at which point we relented.

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