Excellent comment about the Microsoft EULA - Journal of Omnifarious
Jun. 10th, 2003
01:05 pm - Excellent comment about the Microsoft EULA
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.