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Software developers and vendors have used standard contracts to protect themselves, their products and services, and to set the terms of agreements with customers. However, in doing so they often set legally binding terms and conditions that consumer advocacy groups would argue overstep the bounds of what should be expected or permissible...

EULAs have been used "to require users to sign away their fair use rights, such as the right to reverse engineer," Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) staff attorney Corynne McSherry told the E-Commerce Times. "Essentially, companies are using contract law to trump basic IP (Internet protocol) protections for users -- often without users' knowledge."

Tuesday, July 24, 2007
E-Commerce Times
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