Why do EULA's go unread?

imidiot

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EULA's are drawn up for a reason besides making someone some money. Hope someone will read this before going to Movieland for 'the free, no problem download'.

Granted, the first page of the site is misleading at best. "No Spyware, Virus Free, No Extra Charge". Yeah, right. When was the last time you saw something that was truly 'free'?

If you just dig a little bit. It is very easy to find out this is a program unwanted or unneeded.

The following was copied from the site itself. Just a few sentences. You can go to the site yourself and read the rest. Thanks for letting me rant.

We strongly encourage you to review our complete terms of use prior to your acceptance of this offer.
IF YOU DO NOT PROVIDE PAYMENT INFORMATION DURING THE TRIAL PERIOD OUR BILLING SOFTWARE WILL BE ENABLED UPON THE EXPIRATION OF YOUR TRIAL PERIOD. THE BILLING SOFTWARE WILL RUN ON YOUR COMPUTER, DISPLAYING POP-UP WINDOW REMINDERS THAT PROVIDE YOU WITH VARIOUS METHODS OF PAYMENT FOR THE ANNUAL LICENSE. THESE POP-UP WINDOWS WILL APPEAR MORE FREQUENTLY UNTIL YOU CHOOSE ONE OF THE PAYMENT OPTIONS AND PAY FOR THE LICENSE. THE BILLING SOFTWARE IS SOLELY DESIGNED TO PREVENT FRAUDULENT AND UNAUTHORIZED USE OF THE MEDIAPIPE SOFTWARE.
 

imidiot

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hewee said:
I also use...
EULAlyzer™ 1.1
Analyze license agreements for interesting words and phrases.
(y) i read them all. thanks for the link, am downloading it now.;)
 
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Yes its a good idea to read or look these over because some will say that you will agree to recieve offers from them and third parties-in others loads of Spam
 
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Your welcome :)

Note if you want it to save the EULA's it wil do that.
But I installed the new spyware blaster 3.5 and I had it so it auto saved but when I looked in the saved EULA's I could not see it listed. I turned off the auto save and then clicked the save button and it said I already had it saved.
Don't know if it reads the whole thing in the EULA's or what but guess it was the EULA for when I did the install of spyware blaster 3.4.
I think they need to fix it so it pops up a name to save each scan under so we can keep better track of things.
I just went tru all the saved EULA's and spyware blaster is not in any of them.

Seen from the names it saves the EULA's under that it gets the file name from the first two lines.

Ok thie first 3 lines it reads.

Here is the being EULA's for spyware blaster.

You are downloading the installer for SpywareBlaster(TM) (along with the other items noted below, the "SOFTWARE PACKAGE"). The SOFTWARE PACKAGE includes the SpywareBlaster application, associated documentation and an associated database. Installation and use of the SOFTWARE PACKAGE is expressly made subject to your acceptance of the terms and conditions set forth below.

I could not save it with Analyze because it said it was already save hen it is not.

I then added SpywareBlaster 3.5 to the top and a blank line below it like below.

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SpywareBlaster 3.5

You are downloading the installer for SpywareBlaster(TM) (along with the other items noted below, the "SOFTWARE PACKAGE"). The SOFTWARE PACKAGE includes the SpywareBlaster application, associated documentation and an associated database. Installation and use of the SOFTWARE PACKAGE is expressly made subject to your acceptance of the terms and conditions set forth below.

It save it under the file name " SpywareBlaster 3.5 You are downloading the install"
 
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imidiot said:
EULA's are drawn up for a reason besides making someone some money. Hope someone will read this before going to Movieland for 'the free, no problem download'.

Granted, the first page of the site is misleading at best. "No Spyware, Virus Free, No Extra Charge". Yeah, right. When was the last time you saw something that was truly 'free'?

If you just dig a little bit. It is very easy to find out this is a program unwanted or unneeded.

The following was copied from the site itself. Just a few sentences. You can go to the site yourself and read the rest. Thanks for letting me rant.
I disagree with you almost entirely. Yes it's good to scan over EULA's, but why the hell would I want to read them all? For the most part its meaningless crap. If something is loaded with spyware you will probably be able to tell.

What I REALLY disagree with is your statement "When was the last time you saw something that was truly 'free'?". Are you blind? Are you trying to tell me you've never heard of freeware? There is TONS of it out there, much of it branded by the GNU GPL license(which pretty much says 'we don't do spyware'). Spybot, the GIMP, msn messenger, gaim, blender, most forms of linux and most programs for it, winamp, bittorrent/bittornado/azureus, etc. Games like Dink Smallwood, Pockettanks, and VectorSpace. If you actually believe that there is no free software, then I am sorry but wow. Just wow. If you still don't believe me I direct you to www.gnu.org
 
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i dont read them... i will scan it if i am paying for a service or something... but not freeware
 

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imidiot

what you haven't realised is that 99.99% of the people infected by movieland have never been to the movieland site and never knowingly installed the software. It is stealthily installed along with loads of other rubbish by using security holes in windows when they visit another site or download other supposedly safe software
so they haven't even had a chance to read the EULA let alone agree or disagree with it
 
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i got an old pc, i was thinking of trying to install every spyware out there on it. I am hoping for three stooges syndrome. When too many things try to go through a door, none of them go through. After watching Simpsons and Three Stooges, I think it may work. Will report later.
 
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I'll admit the majority of people I know here locally must ignore reading them. Then they call me to come over and fix their computer afterwards. Amazing the amount of tag-along-junk I find on their HDs. All they see is free-free-free let's get it installed and blow by the EULA's.

I at least have one friend who learned her lesson and now reads them. Now if she can just keep her grandson from indiscriminately downloading and installing junk everything would be fine.
 
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That is what is nice about EULAlyzer. It will point out parts of the EULA for you so it digs tru all the long EULA's and helps you get to the parts you should look at.
 

Couriant

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To answer the topic question...

Because no-one bothers to think about reading the 'rules' of your purchase. Like a game for example.
 

Gabriel

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Also they are long-winded with the most important stuff hidden
 

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