Friday, June 28, 2013

Apple: Don't make nuclear weapons using iTunes


What exactly are you agreeing to when you click the little check box in the License and Terms statement? Are there hidden terms, like agreeing to not design or reproduce nuclear weapons with the help of the software you are using with Apple?


The warning in the End User License Agreement is protecting software makers against mass installation and distribution of their product. Most of us just scroll down to the bottom of the page and check the box.   Wanting to get rid of all that mumble jumble so we can get on with our gaming, right?  Maybe all that verbiage should be read with a little more caution. This could be what you are agreeing to without even knowing it:

  •  The company reserving the right to install spyware on your computer.

  •  The company reserving the right to change the agreement at any time...without your knowledge or consent.

  •  The right to publicly display and distribute content submitted from your computer.

  •  Giving up the right to sue.

Fake Flash Player 11 installer

These EULA's are not very user friendly.  How long would it take to read and understand an entire contract?  If I have a question about what's in the agreement is there a number I can call to get an answer right away or do I have to shoot someone an email or letter to get some answers?  I don't think the End User License Agreement is really meant for us to read...

The reason why I just scroll down and click agree is because I trust these companies.  Even if it's a new company or a product I've never used, when I see all the legal stuff I figure they have all their ducks in a row, so everything I just didn't read is most likely legit.

iTunes Paragraph G states:  ""You also agree that you will not use these products for any purposes prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture or production of nuclear, missiles, or chemical or biological weapons."


Are you the Owner

In some EULAs, the companies state that although you purchased the product with money, it's still not yours. You haven't actually bought the goods/services/software; you are temporarily licensing it.

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Published June 28, 2013

Published June 28, 2013

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