Read If You Hate EULAs

“Thank You, ”Yes, I Agree to the Terms and Conditions” box I have to click in order to download software. You know full well I didn’t actually read the terms and conditions. For all I know, I just agreed to become the new face of herpes. But I’m still gonna click you.” -Jimmy Fallon

I was going to write an intro for this post, but I think Jimmy pretty much nailed it. The basic premise of these are to give you guidelines on how you should use your software in a legal way. But here’s a problem: no one reads them. We can’t be expected to. These are written for lawyers, by lawyers. I for one don’t want to read 60+ pages of small print legal-speak so I can color when i’m bored.

If you read the fine print you’d know the real reason it’s called GIMP

It’s a real problem because you never know what you’re getting into when you agree to something. But once again, I have an idea. Companies and lawyers start taking notes.
When your software/service’s EULA/Terms of Service loads up, instead of the law school reading assignment you usually show, there will be a simple outline no longer than a page long. This will be easy to understand and readable in less than two minutes. If some person trying to sue you smart user wants to get the legal interpretation, all they have to do is click the headings which will expand into the style that we all hate. It’s simple to execute and gives users a better understanding of what they’re agreeing to. You’re welcome, corporations. I’ll be waiting for my check.


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