Seeing those EULAs in a different context.

Many years ago I realized that the End User License Agreements (EULA) that we are forced to endure for web sites and software was out of hand. There have been a lot of good points made in the past about them and how they are rarely read. I had written notes about an article but wanted to add something that I had never seen before. What do all those EULAs look like if they are printed? I made a list of all the software on my computer at the time, and a handful of web sites. Ultimately, I never got around to doing it but I mentioned it in discussions with various people.

Recently, Andrea Matwyshyn and I discussed it as well. Some months later, she and some of her students did exactly what I wanted. Pictured below are printouts of some of the many EULAs you have “read”, or at least agreed to. That is a whole lot of legalise you are bound to. Be scared.

Wharton EULAs

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