In the ongoing trend
of adding EULAs to tangible goods, Boing Boing
points us to a photo highlighting the fact that certain bags of grapes apparently come with an effective EULA
forbidding reproducing or propagating "any portion of the produce, including (but not limited to) seeds, stems, tissue and fruit." Perhaps this is no surprise given the (in our opinion, awful) Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that EULAs on seeds were legit
. However, at least in that case, it involved a farmer buying seeds specifically for planting purposes. Putting an EULA on grapes you pick up at the local grocery store just seems extreme. Plus, given the tiny print on the bottom of the bag, I'd imagine that the grape growers who put the EULA there would have a hard time enforcing it, as most buyers could credibly claim not to have even thought to read it, let alone "agreed" to it.
That said, I have to admit that, prior to this, I never once had considered reproducing or propagating the seeds, stems, tissues or fruit of grapes I had bought. I've got a couple bags of grapes in my fridge right now, though, and now I'm curious about figuring out what it would take to do such "propagating" just for the hell of it. Of course, I checked and they don't seem to have been the kind that came with EULAs, so that takes all the fun out of the propagating.