Lawyer Fodder – EULAs

Why do we have EULAs (End User License Agreements)?  They are complete noise, and a nuisance to all.  If you do feel your software needs a EULA, does it matter if it is displayed in the installer?  Why not just put a readme in the box?

End users don’t read them.  Even if they do, nobody knows what it means.  What purpose do they really serve?

Turns out they don’t protect the software maker: Network Associates.

They certainly don’t help the end-user: scam, spyware excuse, deceptive, nobody reads them.

Why do we have them?  How about if on the outside of your computer, we place a sign.  The sign would say, “Installing software may break your computer.   Stealing software is a crime.”

I’m not the first to observe this:  Jamie Plucinski

One thought on “Lawyer Fodder – EULAs

  • October 16, 2007 at 3:26 am

    Thanks for the trackback, I think your warning idea already exists by way of the “Designed for Windows logo”


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