EULA – Do You Read Them?


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The EULA or End User License Agreement accompanies almost all bought and free software and you have to agree to it to install the program/game, etc. But who ever reads them? I don’t and never have. When that long awaited for game arrives in my mailbox I am in too much of a hurry to get it installed and start playing to worry about a load of words that are usually too small to read. And let’s be honest, if you have been waiting for the new release of a program or game, unless you agree to the EULA you cannot install it. So, if I didn’t agree with the EULA what I am to do, return it for a refund? Yeh, that’s going to happen!

The license agreement dictates how the software can and cannot be used and any restrictions that the manufacturer imposes, if you took the time to actually read through the never ending clauses some strange requirements come to light. So much so that I doubt whether or not you would wholeheartedly agree with them.

Here are a few of the strangest I have found:

Bit Torrent Booster wants to mess with your emails!

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Fishing Bait doesn’t like its own software!

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WordWeb has got a thing against airlines!


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E.A. wants you to waive any moral rights you have!

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EM wants to distribute your personal information!

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iTunes and QuickTime do not want you building Nuclear weapons with their software!

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PC Pitstop used to give a monetary reward to anyone who read their EULA, I read that one guy got a $1000!

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NetworkActiv Web Server want you to read and scroll, is that at the same time?


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Origin wants you to waive the right to a trial by jury!

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Paint Shop Pro just want you to read theirs, I think!

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Safari will only allow you to use one copy on an Apple computer!

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Google Chrome’s EULA states:

you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the services.

Does that mean they own me?

So there you have it, read your EULAs and install nothing, do nothing, just sit and stare at your blank screen!

Have you come across any ridiculous EULA clauses? Tell us about them in the comments.

About the Author

Alan Wade

Alan is a semi-retired geek from England, who has lived in Sweden with his wife and family since 2001. His interest in computers began in the mid 1980’s with the introduction of the Commodore Vic 20 where he learned to hack game code so he could force his name to appear as the high scorer. Alan made his way through the horde of console computers in the late 80’s and early 90’s before settling on Windows with the release of Windows 3.1. He has worked in the broadband industry on both the technical and installation side. In his off time he enjoys building computers for family and friends as well as digging into the guts of the OS to customize and tweak the OS.

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