Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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RE[6]: It's simple really...
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 26th Oct 2009 10:00 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: It's simple really..."
Thom_Holwerda
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In short, in neither case is Apple adopting the MS model, and no-one thinks it should, or should be forced to. This is a red herring.


Of course it is. It's demagogy. Scare 'm and they'll fall in line.

For me, there's only one thing that matters: that software be treated like any other copyrighted work. If software vendors want to impose additional restrictions - then fine, but they'll have to handle it the proper way. Software vendors already know perfectly well how to do this: the enterprise market. You won't see a software vendor rely on a click-through EULA in massive software rollouts. Those are properly signed contracts.

Will this hurt the software industry? I'm not sure. EULAs are a relatively recent development, so the software industry grew early on without all that nonsense, so who is to say they would be hurting now?

Even if it did hurt them - why, exactly, should I care? If this will hurt Microsoft, Apple, or whatever - I just don't care. It just means their business model is flawed. It is not the consumer's job to bend over backwards just to ensure the survival of software vendors.

If the foundation of an entire industry is built upon the rather legally dubious practice of the EULA, as some seem to claim, then your industry is severely flawed, and should fall on its ass (see banking world).

I think reality is different, though. The industry won't collapse if the concept of the EULA is tossed out. That's just a red herring promoted by EULA supporters (currently, the EULA supporters in the Apple camp) because they want to have the ability to control their customers.

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