Computer Programs Prove That EULAs Are Unreadable By Humans

from the suggests-there's-a-problem-somewhere dept

No one reads end user license agreements (EULAs). That was shown earlier this year when a company put a note in its EULA that it would pay $1,000 to the first person who asked for it and it took four months for anyone to claim the cash. EULAs are used to make people agree to all sorts of stuff they shouldn’t. Many adware companies, for example, hide the details of what their programs do in the EULA — and afterwards blame you for not properly reading the EULA if you complain about what their software does. There are still some questions about how enforceable EULAs really are — as there’s no ability for someone to negotiate and they’re usually indecipherable even for those who do read them. Well, on that last point, it looks like (some) help is on the way. Apparently there’s now a software program that will read your EULAs for you and point out the important points you should be aware of. Of course, you have to figure that the sneakier companies out there will just start using this software themselves to “test” their EULAs to make sure their really nasty stuff is still well hidden. Still, it certainly suggests that these documents are problematic if you need a special software program to decipher them for you.

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dorpus says:

Proof That We Should Become Less Educated

Leave impossible tasks to computers — there is a shortage of uneducated people in South Korea.

In South Korea, there are no jobs for college graduates and advanced degree holders, so 9 out of 10 of them are lying and claiming to be less educated. Cases abound of college graduates being refused for jobs because they are “too educated”.

People with advanced educations are re-enrolling in vocational schools to improve (?) their job qualifications. A government research panel is now suggesting that the government restrict higher education funding to better serve the economy.

Pete Austin says:

Re: An EULA can be legally binding

…so be careful what you click.

This is Blizzard vs BnetD. “EULA upheld in DMCA hacker case … The court upheld the EULA and TOU as enforceable contracts, rejecting various arguments by defendant that a contract was not formed through the click-thru process. Even though the EULAs and TOU were not on the physical packaging for the PC game, the court found that the terms were disclosed before installation to the games and access to were granted, and express assent was obtained through the click-thru process.” Silicon Valley Media Law

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