[Bug 269656] Re: AN IRRELEVANT LICENSE IS PRESENTED TO YOU FREE-OF-CHARGE ON STARTUP
rawsausage at gmail.com
Sat Sep 13 22:16:42 UTC 2008
I would like to point out that click-through EULAs are legally void in
many countries, such as for instance Finland.
The point there is that the threshold to just click fast through is
extremely low. Any legal agreements that were agreed by a party are
void, unless if all parties understood at least approximately what they
were going to agree about. In electronic context the other party (in
this case, Mozilla) can not verify the level of understandment at all.
There is not even the slightest guarantee that the other party even
actually saw any of that legalese at all. In fact, acting as if the
process is valid at this moment leads to Mozilla committing a felony of
misleading on purpose (that is, if there is a significant demand for
anything ever from their part).
The same in plain English: Nearly no one is going to read the text at
all anyways, or even attempt.
Personally, I would take great pleasure taking them into court around
here (if that ever was possible) and wiping the floor with them. That
being impossible works the other way as well though. I can safely ignore
anything Mozilla could ever demand from me. However, that is only one
part of the issue. That REAL part of the issue is that such license
popups are as bad usability as it ever comes. They obstruct the users
from doing tasks for completing their real life tasks, which is a grave
AN IRRELEVANT LICENSE IS PRESENTED TO YOU FREE-OF-CHARGE ON STARTUP
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