June 27, 2001

What have you signed away today?

Author: JT Smith

PCWorld: "Juno wants to sell your computer's idle time. Microsoft wanted the rights to all content passing through its Passport Web services.
Some vendors want no liability for their products--even if they know about product defects in advance. And chances are, you've
legally agreed to let vendors have what they want.

All it takes is clicking an "I Accept" button or ripping the shrink-wrap off a new box of software. Both software and Web services
come with End User License Agreements (EULAs) or Terms of Service (TOSs), and few people read them. Until recently, buyers
didn't need to. Historically, EULAs were confusing and rarely invoked--but EULA and TOS contracts have always been legally
binding."

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