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   xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jan 17 02:14 AM

Jan 17, 2009: EULA

EULA, you know, those software End User License Agreements you click "yes", saying you read and agree to the terms, but in truth you never read at all.
Nothing ever comes of it so why bother reading them anyway?

Well nobody reads those things except hackers and people looking for another reason to badmouth Microsoft or some other evil corporate entity.

But EULAs come with more than software, they come with other things like music.
This is where they can bite you on the butt, as so many people have discovered, courtesy of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

People seem to think that EULAs are a spawn of the digital age... not so.



See, 'ol Tom Edison himself put a EULA on his prerecorded cylinders, but I get the impression Edison was more concerned with keeping the price of his product up than any pirating.



newtimer  Saturday Jan 17 02:52 AM

In Edison's day, 'Napster' referred to the gentleman who snored in church.



capnhowdy  Saturday Jan 17 08:30 AM

35 cents was prolly kinda steep back then. Of course first you had to be wealthy enough to own a player.



Trilby  Saturday Jan 17 10:24 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by newtimer View Post
In Edison's day, 'Napster' referred to the gentleman who snored in church.
I did that out loud!


sullage  Monday Jan 19 07:27 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
Edison was more concerned with keeping the price of his product up than any pirating.
pretty sure pirating and market price are correlated. almost certain the riaa sees it that way.


ZenGum  Monday Jan 19 08:31 AM

It does make reference to duplication.
I've heard Edison did as much litigating as inventing.



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