25 years of making people who agree with you cringe
Posted Oct 21, 2010 21:09 UTC (Thu) by madhatter
In reply to: 25 years of making people who agree with you cringe
Parent article: How not to recognize free hardware
> I've no problem with the EULA.
2.4 Backup Copy. You may make one backup copy of the Software, provided
your backup copy is not installed or used. You may not transfer the rights to a backup copy unless you transfer all rights in the Software as provided under Section 4.
You ever make backups of your system, including the directory where flash is installed? I hope you don't ever keep more than one backup. That would be wrong.
3.1 Adobe Runtime Restrictions. You will not use any Adobe Runtime on any non-PC device or with any embedded
or device version of any operating system. For the avoidance of doubt, and by example only, you may not use an
Adobe Runtime on any [...] tablet and Tablet PC (other
than with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and its successors)
You weren't planning on running flash on Linux on a tablet, were you? That would be wrong.
You agree that the Software will not be shipped, transferred or exported into any country or used in any manner
prohibited by the United States Export Administration Act or any other export laws, restrictions or regulations
(collectively the Export Laws).
Planning on taking your netbook on holiday? That might be wrong, and it's your responsibility to check whether or not your holiday destination is permitted to you.
16.1.3 You are required to take all reasonable measures to avoid and reduce damages, in particular to make back-up
copies of the Software and your computer data subject to the provisions of this agreement.
I particularly enjoyed this one, inasmuch as it requires you to make backup copies of the software in accordance with the agreement, when the agreement earlier forbids you from making copies (a copy is OK; copies are not). That might be wrong; it's definitely impossible.
There are other fairly objectionable terms in there, too. I can understand that people don't read it - it's 210 pages long, and in a whole selection of languages - but I'm vaguely surprised that people rush to defend it.
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