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Nobody actually reads software licenses anymore. How could
you? Even if you had the time to do so, they've become largely
inscrutable anyway. You really have no idea what you're
So don't! Install the License Clicker client on your computer, set up a credit card on file,
whenever you install new software, simply launch the client
when the license comes up. Within seconds, one of our trained
technicians will remotely connect to your computer, identify
the software being installed, and agree to the license for you.
This information is then recorded and sent to you via email,
along with a sworn affidavit that you were NOT the one that
actually agreed to the license.
Will this actually protect you in the event you violate the
license? We don't know; it's never been tested before. But it
can't hurt, and you'll be able to truthfully swear in court that
you didn't agree with the license when you installed the
||How about a virus that automatically clicks "Agree" when
it sees an EULA. An additional feature is that it randomly
uninstalls itself, removing every trace, thereby making it
difficult to prove that you aren't telling the truth when
you say that you never clicked "Agree".
||The mechanism for the spread of this virus may not need
to be that sophisticated since it's "victims" may
recommend it to a friend. For example, it might be
emailed out in the form of an executable file claiming to
be an animation of a fuzzy puppy. There will be a follow-
up email explaining what it is, including links to the
source code so you can verify the function, compile it
yourself to be sure there are no evil aspects to it. This
will send it out to more people. So it is unclear whether
any particular person ran this intentionally (thereby
agreeing to unread EULA statements) or whether they
accidentally clicked on the "fuzzy puppy animation".
||This is one of the advantages to open source software: most
of it is licensed under one of a few standard licenses. So if a
setup program displays what I recognize as the first
paragraph of the MIT or GPL license (or ISC, BSD...)
I don't have to bother reading the rest as I already have.
Admittedly, that could be exploited with a similar looking
but deceptively different license (some would argue that
the GPLv3 is such an exploit).
||I remember there was some program that would cover up
the "I agree" button with an "I don't agree" button, but
transmit the click to the "I agree" button, so that you could
pass the agreement without actually clicking to agree.
||You might also like TOS;DR.