At last: The anti-EULA.

26 January 2007

Have you ever read an end-user license agreement before? I mean really sat down and read one, and not just scrolled through it just to unlock the little 'I agree' button at the bottom of the window so that you could install software that, legally you didn't really buy but actually bought permission to use for a while on your computer. There's some pretty scary stuff in EULAs these days, such as consent to have spyware installed on said box and dropping certain customer protection rights written into law, on the off chance that the software goes haywire and wrecks something. was set up as a reaction to this. They wrote up their own EULA, or anti-EULA I should say. It is, they admit, just as enforcable as any clickwrap or clickthrough EULA is (there have been so many court cases which had so many different judgements, no one is really sure anymore if EULAs are even legally valid; it all boils down to how much money you have), but at least it's written in such a way that you don't have to submit a blood sample just to say 'hi' to someone.

If you want, you can even buy stickers to put on paperwork you have to hand back, or on your laptop to cover yourself on the off chance that a discussion you have in public offends someone.