Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Aug 2012 21:57 UTC
Windows With Windows 8 right around the corner, the usual game of reading the end-user license agreements and spotting the different versions is in full swing. Usually, this is a game of ridicule as Microsoft comes up with ever more convoluted version schemes and EULA terms. This time around, though, the company seems to be taking steps to make things easier, as Ed Bott reports.
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RE: Simple All right
by shmerl on Wed 22nd Aug 2012 03:49 UTC in reply to "Simple All right"
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Sounds rather lame too. It can't destroy courts ruling. EULA can claim that MS owns the Moon or what not. If it goes against the law - it's void.

Edited 2012-08-22 03:49 UTC

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RE[2]: Simple All right
by WereCatf on Wed 22nd Aug 2012 14:00 in reply to "RE: Simple All right"
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If it goes against the law - it's void.

To be precise: only the clauses that are in violation of existing laws are void, not the whole EULA, ie. the parts the are covered by e.g. copyright laws are still valid.

Here in Finland marketing laws basically say that if you sell something like a shelf product then it is a shelf product, regardless of what the license or the box says, ie. "if it walks like a duck, looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it is a duck." This also covers things like selling a used product: as long as you give all the needed materials to the new owner and remove all backups from your possession you're free to sell the item even if the EULA tried to prevent you from doing that.

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RE[3]: Simple All right
by Alfman on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 03:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Simple All right"
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That sounds good in principal. It makes sense to void prohibitions against after-sale license transfers, but what about DRM? The law is pretty useless if technology actively interferes with a user's right to transfer.

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RE[2]: Simple All right
by zima on Tue 28th Aug 2012 23:35 in reply to "RE: Simple All right"
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EULA can claim that MS owns the Moon or what not. If it goes against the law - it's void.

There are no laws against owning the Moon by MS, by private or commercial entities in general... (the treaty is only about govs)

And, as we all surely know, the Moon is claimed (after he bought one of the Lunokhods) by Lord British. Ultimately, it's only a matter of the right price, I guess ...or an EULA in which Lord British wilfully enters.

Edited 2012-08-28 23:36 UTC

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