Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Sep 2010 23:38 UTC
Legal EULAs, and whatever nonsense they may contain, are legally binding in the US. Have a great weekend!
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An EULA is an agreement that takes place _after_ sale or tranfessar of goods and there is no one to agree or disagree with, nor anyone overseeing the process.

EULAs appear before installation (the actual transfer). That's why you have to offer refunds to those to disagree with EULAs.

it simply isn't allowed for manufacturer to place limitations on a copy of software they don't anymore own.

Ownership of a piece of software is no more transferred than ownership of a song or a story is transferred when you buy a CD or a book. (It's the only reason copyleft licenses have any power to restrict free usage, f'rex.)

the rights of regular consumers are constantly being trampled.

What rights have been lost? As far as I know, selling things you don't legally own is a crime, not a right.

Also, you speak in terms of 'the rich' versus 'the consumers', as if the only people who have copyrighted content are those who work for large corporations. That's a false distinctions, because virtually everyone can produce something of value. Taking away the ability of Joe Q. Programmer to use an EULA to protect himself would be an injustice, and really would make it so only rich corporations could afford to protect themselves.

I hope they will some day in the future wisen up and revise the whole system, from top to bottom.

Don't worry; people who create things over there will get their rights back soon enough. ;)

Edited 2010-09-11 05:38 UTC

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