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Do you read terms and conditions for software or do you just click "agree" and move on?

Asked by tranquilsea (17655points) September 26th, 2010

During various points in my life I have spent the time to read them but when my life gets busy, as it is at most points now, I just click “agree” and move on. They all pretty much say the same thing anyway.

Not too long ago some wise crackers at Gamestation slipped an interesting clause into their terms and conditions. It went like this:

“By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non-transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamesation.co.uk or one of its duly authorized minions.”

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-20002689-71.html#ixzz10hWN2IsW

It got me to thinking about how much trouble something like mindlessly clicking could get you into. And then I thought, “Who the hell has time to read all the terms and conditions?

So, do you read them? What sorts of problems could you imagine you could run into besides unknowingly selling your soul?

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15 Answers

jrpowell's avatar

Nope, I don’t read them.

But there was a website that had a awesome TOS agreement. To the right of each section of the Legalese it had a English version that was few sentences.

lillycoyote's avatar

I did at one point but sometimes the terms and conditions are like twenty pages long now and If I stopped to read every one of them I would never be able to use any of the software I buy (or buy a license to use more accurately) or log onto any of the websites I register for and want to use. God only knows what I have agreed to. Someday someone’s going to show up here armed with a fistful EULAS that I have agreed to at one point or another and make me sign over my house and my cars and my life savings and all my rights and the rights to anything I have ever written or done or thought and they will demand my first born even though I don’t have one and they will be able to do all of that because I simply clicked on that damn button. I dread the day that I will have to answer for my foolishness.

lillycoyote's avatar

Big Oops! Once again I failed to read the fine print! I only skimmed the details of your question. This is why I am going to be in so much trouble down the road. I am now going have to add to the above list that they will be coming after my immortal soul too. My only hope is that they might see fit to incorporate my me into one of their less violent first person shooters so I will at least have a fighting chance. It may be too late for me but some of the rest of you may still have time to save yourselves.

downtide's avatar

That one about selling your soul is a good one. I do tend to read at least part of the ToS for most things I sign up for or download, especially if it’s an online service like Fluther, and that’s their Privacy terms. For software I purchase in a box from a store I don’t usually bother – those ToS are usually just a longwinded way of saying “If you copy this, we’ll sue you”.

Austinlad's avatar

Never read ‘em—and I expect that one day the Software Police will show up on my doorstep, followed shortly thereafter by the Mattress Police. I’m a marked man.

wundayatta's avatar

Are you kidding? Do I want to live life or do I want to read contracts? Enough said.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

Nope I never read them

tranquilsea's avatar

But @wundayatta you may just end up giving your soul to company lol.

That stunt really made me think about when companies could hide in all that legal jargon.

One day I am going to sit and and read The Safe Harbour Privacy Principals as it pops up here and there.

Ultramarine_Ocean's avatar

I sometimes read them but they’re usually all the same. I just use my common sense and do what’s right and not do anything stupid or somthing.

mrrich724's avatar

The latest iTunes agreement was at least 55 pages. I click and move on.

wundayatta's avatar

@tranquilsea Precious lot of good it will do them. If they think they can use it, then more power to them. I don’t believe I even have one.

lillycoyote's avatar

The latest iTunes agreement is 55 fucking pages long now? I stopped counting at 20, apparently. Now I am going to have to add my mineral and oil rights, in perpetuity and my genome to the list what they are coming for. What happens when I have nothing left to forfeit, nothing left to sell, nothing left to give?

tranquilsea's avatar

@lillycoyote LOL

I was pissed right off when I found out that I don’t have the mineral rights to my postage stamp property! That I own!

lillycoyote's avatar

Sorry @tranquilsea. Apple sold the rights to Google. If you go to Google Maps, Oil and MIneral View, it’s very likely that you’ll find that one of their fleet of specially equipped Oil Drilling and Mineral Mining Volkswagons has already come by your little postage stamp of a yard and sucked it dry. It’s just the way things work now. When they come for your genome, well, that’s going to be a different story. It’s not going to be pretty.

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