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[2]: Simple All right
by WereCatf on Wed 22nd Aug 2012 14:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Simple All right"
WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

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"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

WereCatf,

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[4]: Simple All right
by rikkirakk on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 03:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Simple All right"
rikkirakk Member since:
2012-07-30

It's probably not illegal to reverse-engineer DRM in Finland. I may be wrong though; all the information I could find is quite old and a lot could happen in 4 years.

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