When you’re accepting End User License Agreements (EULAs), do you ever feel like you need to actually read the whole thing in case the licensing authority decides to claim rights to your body, soul, or intellectual property? [links to South Park episode – not suitable for children]
While I’m sure there’s merit to the posterior-covering inherent in these documents, they aren’t very usable to the audience who has to sign them. Who wants to spend 30 minutes reading through legal-speak just to be able to buy music online or play a game with their friends?
There has to be a better way so that I can click “Accept” without the nagging concern. As a student of the legal system as exemplified by The Simpsons, I think I have a cunning plan.
- Conscientious use: I accept that most EULAs are full of legal gibberish that I don’t care about because I am a conscientious user and have no plans to hack the software/app/system and then sue the company I am licensing it from.
- Social Aspect: If there is a social component, I intend to be a conscientious user of the social aspects of the software/app/system and will not engage in behaviors that I wouldn’t feel comfortable talking to a person I respect (examples but not limited to: a parent, teacher/professor, member of the law enforcement community).
- “Satan Clause”: I do not respect that EULAs can infringe upon my right to my soul, body, intellectual property, or other equally obvious property which I have legal claim to.
- Order of Precedence: I respect that this agreement takes precedence over any other EULA even if that EULA claims right of precedence.
If you wish to take advantage of this agreement, please use the comment field below to accept. If you have an amendment to add, I would be happy to consider it.