Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Lawsuit Challenges Microsoft, Symantec Licensing

from the this-doesn't-work dept

A woman in California is suing a number of large software companies and retailers for not letting people read the license agreements before opening the packaging. The problem is that most of these software products have incredibly onerous license terms that no one reads. However, if you do read them, and disagree with them, you're allowed (in theory) to return the item. However, the woman found that places like CompUSA and BestBuy wouldn't take the software back because it was already opened - creating something of a Catch-22. You can't read the licenses unless the packaging is purchased and opened, but if the packaging is opened, you've already accepted the terms of the license. They're trying to make this a class action lawsuit.

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    Agent Orange, 10 Feb 2003 @ 3:36pm

    Class action suit

    Unfortunately, Judge Kotar-Kelley (whatever), has decided that she knows whats best for all of us, and that is to just shut up and accept her ruling by God. She killed two such class action suits today. Good Luck, keep fighting, but know that Justice has been blindsided by stupidity and arrogance on a much larger scale.

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