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Re: Here are some of my ideas for Fedora 8 and Fedora 9

> Message: 10
> Date: Sat, 07 Jul 2007 16:52:14 -0500
> From: Les Mikesell <lesmikesell gmail com>
. . . .
> David Boles wrote:
> > Honestly. Just read one of the darn EULAs. Or have an attorney explain it
> > to you.
> You have an extremely one-sided view.  There is no reason to assume that 
> everything a EULA demands is legal. You may end up in an expensive 
> lawsuit if you break it, but it's a mix bag who will win.  For example, 
> if someone sells you a product and demands that you can't resell it, 
> that demand is not legal:
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/11/28/us_court_ruling_nixes_software/
> If they say you can't reverse engineer it, that's still up in the air:
> http://cse.stanford.edu/class/cs201/projects-99-00/intellectual-property-law/reverse_engineering.htm
> although the DCMA would apply to some software and change things in 
> countries that support it.

Thanks Les.  I could not recall DMCA, but that's the ugly law I meant.
The problem with EULA's is that you have to fight them out in court.  If
a publisher make them nasty enough, many people will just give in and
accept the terms, as David suggested.

I can recommend http://www.badsoftware.com as a very informative site
about consumer protections regarding packaged software.  The author
behind the site (and an author of the associated book) is an attorney
and a software test practitioner, as well as an awfully nice guy.


> -- 
>    Les Mikesell
>     lesmikesell gmail com

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