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I was watching a DVD last night and was overjoyed (as always) to waste another thirty seconds of my life staring at warnings telling me that I'm not allowed to show my DVD to people on an oil rig.
Now, I understand that organisations who make money because they own rights over certain materials want
to protect those rights to protect their incomes. I just want them to understand that I value my time and have no interest in seeing irrelevant warnings even once let alone again and again.
The Licence Agreement Protocol would be an electronic system that could be built into computers, DVD players, MP3 players and games consoles; anything capable of taking external media. When installing the protocol, you would select from a list rights that you are willing to waive and those that you want to assert. The protocol would then report these to any media or software that you try to watch or install.
So, back to my DVD, I get no warning screens at the beginning as my DVD player has already told the disk that I won't copy it, won't show it publicly etc. If a new clause appears I have the ability to agree to it for this one piece of media or universally for all to come.
EULA Scanner by [narphorium]
Very similar idea, though for PC software only, from a few weeks back. [krelnik, Apr 01 2005]
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||Of course, this would be bad for the
person who currently owns the rights to
the standard licence agreement.
||Then you could have automatic contracts.
||what they got against people on oilrigs?
||[po] They also don't like people in churches.
||I'm OK with the noun "licence", that's the spelling on my driving and TV licences. (I used to be a poet, but I had my artistic licence revoked)