April 5, 2004 | By Fred von Lohmann

From the Mouths of Babes

An attorney lets his 10 year-old install a computer game. Here's what happens:

So my 10 year-old took the lead and started installing the software. When he got to the license agreement, he quipped, "Let's see, it says I have to click 'accept' to continue. Well DUH! It's not like I have any CHOICE! They've already got my money! OK, I'm clicking 'accept.'"

Now why has this blindingly obvious insight eluded so many judges in cases involving software license agreements? Mark my words, fighting back against unreasonable, non-negotiable license agreements on everything we buy will be the defining digital consumer-rights issue of this decade.


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