O Software Livre Como Alternativa ao Aprisionamento Tecnologico Imposto pelo Software Proprietário
Colaboração: Rubens Queiroz de Almeida
Data de Publicação: 29 de Dezembro de 2003
encontra-se publicada a tese de mestrado intitulada
"O Software Livre Como Alternativa ao Aprisionamento Tecnologico Imposto pelo Software Proprietário"
de autoria de Nicolas Michel Bacic, defendida junto ao Instituto de Economia da Unicamp.
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EULA text: Explorer Users Must Shave Legs
Previously unread sections reveal restrictions on use of
Last week, long time Microsoft Explorer user, Martin
Stein finally got around to reading the end user license
agreement he has been agreeing to for years. What he
found was disturbing. According to the text of the end
user agreement all users must shave their legs and are
prohibited from wearing underwear. Additionally, to aid
compliance enforcement, users in Cupertino, California, the
justice department, and employees of some Canadian radio
stations are required wear skirts and stand on their heads.
Microsoft legal representative say the terms have been a
part of all Explorer end user agreements since the product
was introduced. "Originally we put it in just to see if
anybody ever read the agreement, but recently we've added
more restrictive clauses when ever somebody annoys us."
Microsoft officials have known for years that even
users that read any of the agreement, stop before
scrolling twice. Most software end user agreements are
carefully worded to stupefy the reader in the first few
paragraphs. "After the first five paragraphs, you can put
in anything you want" Apparently Stein is the first person
to have actually read the whole agreement. Since user
behavior focus groups for the explorer product indicate
that Explorer users never read end user agreements,
Microsoft lawyers hold that Mr. Stein is not actually
a Explorer user, but is merely passing himself off as
one. Microsoft is considering modifying future EULAs to
expressly prohibit reading the text of the agreement. The
proposed new text would appear somewhere near the end of
the amended end user agreement.