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News: Shrinkwrap Licenses: An Epidemic Of Lawsuits Waiting To Happen

Category: Copyright Infringers
Posted: 11:12AM

InformationWeek - Anybody who bothered to read a clickwrap or shrinkwrap agreement would never install any software, click on any link on the Web, open an account with anyone, or even shop at many retail stores. The terms of these agreements are onerous and ridiculous. We go along with the gag because we think nobody's paying any attention. But somebody's going to start paying attention soon, and when they do, the results will be disastrous for the electronic economy. Clickwrap and shrinkwrap agreements start with the phrase READ CAREFULLY, all in caps. The phrase means, "IGNORE THIS." That's because the small print is unchangeable and outrageous. Why read the "agreement" if you know that: 1) No sane person would agree to its text, and 2) Even if you disagree, no one will negotiate a better agreement with you?

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