License Agreements/ Terms of Use

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License Agreements/ Terms of Use

Postby Tom » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:54 pm

Does checking a box while installing a computer program, that says "I agree to the Terms of Use" violate the fourth precept, if you didn't actually read the Terms of Use?

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Re: License Agreements/ Terms of Use

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:36 pm

Tricky one...I always think of this and do consider it breaking a precept despite the fact that no one reads EULAs etc.
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Re: License Agreements/ Terms of Use

Postby Cittasanto » Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:56 pm

He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: License Agreements/ Terms of Use

Postby James the Giant » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:59 pm

I used to just click Yes. I never read those End User Agreements. And now Microsoft owns my kidneys, and the devil owns my soul. :cry:
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Re: License Agreements/ Terms of Use

Postby SDC » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:42 pm

I don't think so. You're agreeing without reading because reading is hard and boring and you want what they are offering right now and could care less even if you promised your first born. Who knows what I owe half these major corporations. :tongue:

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Re: License Agreements/ Terms of Use

Postby SarathW » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:59 pm

It is impossible to read and understand those agreements unless you are a lawyer. We all assume that we understand the content based on our expectation and we are doing the right thing. I don’t think I am breaking the five precepts.
But I broke my bank once!!!!.
I signed a document sent by the bank without realising that I have mortgaged my house to them!
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Re: License Agreements/ Terms of Use

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:43 am

In my opinion, agreeing to EULA by saying you've read it is not a lie because neither party expects the claim to be truthful; it's a mutually agreed-upon fiction that exists for legal purposes, not a declaration of truth.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
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Re: License Agreements/ Terms of Use

Postby indianromeo » Wed May 17, 2017 5:55 pm

I am struggling with this. :weep:

It seems, honestly, like my entire life I've just moved too fast, and now the EULA thing is a horrible reminder of the vast network of lies I'm living. I wish these things weren't so long. What's worse? They change these without notifying you, and you are deemed to have "agreed." :weep:

Does anyone have a point of view? My plan is, now, to take *way* more time to read every single EULA I encounter and this means a lot less "flitting" about with different software applications. :weep:

Honestly this feels like quitting meat, just a feeling of anxiety and dread. I guess that's what behavioral change entails? Sigh.

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