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Cory Doctorow’s Nice Rant on EULAs

Posted by meula on February 3, 2007

Cory Doctorow wrote a nice rant against EULAs published in InformationWeek. He suggests that it may be only a matter of time before EULA trolls begin cashing in on lawsuits and shakedowns for EULA breaches, just as patent trolls have done. There are some problems with “collecting” EULAs, though, because the EULA itself cannot be bought like a patent. Moreover, the damages are more likely to be in the “breach of contract” area rather than the horrendous patent infringement “bankrupting” level of threat. While I don’t think there is much to fear, I do think he does an excellent job in highlighting the utter foolishness in which we have allowed ourselves to fall — all the more reason for mastering a “Master EULA” to control all EULAs.


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