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Excellent comment about the Microsoft EULA - Journal of Omnifarious

Jun. 10th, 2003

01:05 pm - Excellent comment about the Microsoft EULA

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There's a license agreement that everyone who purchases Microsoft software agrees to. It's part of why I won't purchase Microsoft software. I don't think many people are aware of what it says.

Keep in mind that some of these clauses may or may not be enforceable, though the mere fact that they exist could get you into a costly court battle. And, in states that have passed something called UCITA (luckily, very few) all the sections of this license agreement are enforceable.

Someone managed to create a good summary of what the license actually says. I've excerpted the relevant portion below:

MS is stating in legal terms that it both 0wnz you and owns your files. Totally. Including the right to alter them without informing you. And including the right to publish them without your permission, and to deny you the right to do the same. In fact, to even deny you the right to read the files that you created. And they state that the recent versions of Windows include technical capabilities to allow them to implement these clauses without your permission or knowledge.

Just though you all might want to know.

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From:josephgrossberg
Date:June 10th, 2003 12:20 pm (UTC)
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 10th, 2003 12:23 pm (UTC)

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I actually consider the odds to be fairly high. They already kind of do with Windows update.

Besides, do you want to live in communist China, where the odds of you getting executed for saying the wrong thing are pretty small? It's not whether or not they will, it's whether or not they can. The chance they'll excersize those rights will only go up with time.

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From:josephgrossberg
Date:June 10th, 2003 01:24 pm (UTC)
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 10th, 2003 01:52 pm (UTC)

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I do, because all throughout the anti-trust trial, the people who had that interpretation turned out to be right.

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