Do you read EULA's?

Discussion in 'polls' started by HURST, Dec 15, 2008.

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Do you read EULA before installing?

  1. Yes, always

    4 vote(s)
    3.6%
  2. Sometimes, when in doubt

    39 vote(s)
    34.8%
  3. I use something like Eulalyzer

    7 vote(s)
    6.3%
  4. Never

    62 vote(s)
    55.4%
  1. HURST

    HURST Registered Member

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    I wonder how many of us read EULA's before installing software...
     
  2. dw426

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    I voted for Eulalyzer, but I honestly only use it for programs that are considered "risky", i.e P2P apps and the like. I more often do custom installs and watch for 3rd party components. If the program is shady, there's no promise that the developer will be honest about it in the EULA.
     
  3. JRViejo

    JRViejo Global Moderator

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    Eulalyzer is the one I use.
     
  4. noone_particular

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    I install so little that they're not a problem. Besides, reading EULAs can cure insomnia, by boring you into unconsciousness.
     
  5. normishmael

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    Yes,when I find Finnegans Wake is getting too easy to understand.
     
  6. Tarq57

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    I voted for Eulalyzer, but if they're short, I read them.
    Eulalyzer is quite good for homing in on any dodgy areas.

    Mainly look at licenses from a privacy point of view, ie: what sort of data is collected, what fetters are placed on it being sent to a third party site, etc, but also from the standpoint that I don't want to be breaking the agreement either. The developer/software vendor might have good reasons for any restrictions placed on an app.
     
  7. cortez

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    I like to read EULA's for their comedic value.

    It is undeniable that they are usually always hilarious!! :D :D :D
     
  8. progress

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    Never ;)
     
  9. Boost

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    Nope,never have :D
     
  10. ASpace

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    Most times
     
  11. Fly

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    Generally I just skim, and read/study sections that I consider important, like privacy, third party software/affiliations, auto-renewal etc.

    And if I get a 50 page EULA, I'd not bother installing the product.
     
  12. manOFpeace

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    Sometimes when in doubt. I too just skim over them, like start reading a paragraph to see the content then move on if I think all is well.
    I think when using the net a lot one gets to have an idea of the site they may be dealing with.
    I am nine years on the net and so far "touch wood". :doubt:
     
  13. Osaban

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    It's a good one! I never do, usually what I decide to install it is understood as being fairly straightforward in terms of conditions.
     
  14. demonon

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    I hardly ever try new unknown programs so I never am afraid of a fishy EULA.
     
  15. blacknight

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    Quote. And reading EULA can provoke any nightmare too. :D :D
     
  16. Tarnak

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    I voted the second option.

    I rely on vendor reputation, and reading forums,i.e. like these.:D
     
  17. SIR****TMG

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  18. noone_particular

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    Over half of the software I install uses the same license, GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE. As for the rest, I read their terms and conditions but that doesn't mean I'm going to agree with them. For the most part, they're not enforceable. I'm not going to dismantle or reverse engineer their stuff, but on my equipment, I dictate what is and isn't allowed, regardless of what the vendor might want.
    Example: AntiVir and that "notifier". I would imagine that their EULA doesn't allow me to remove it or prevent it from executing, but if one of my clients complains about it, I'll block it.

    Older example: When I used to run Yahoo IM (version 5.?), it displayed ads at the top. I found I could get rid of them completely with several IP range specific firewall blocking rules. No EULA is going to tell me what traffic I have to allow.

    As a rule, software that performs a needed function with EULA's I don't agree with will only remain on my system until I find a better behaved replacement.
     
  19. Tunerz

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    I just skim then go to the important stuff like privacy. It's somewhat amazing that people can actually type something that long and not be read at all. They got too much time in their hands. :rolleyes:
     
  20. raven211

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    Short answer: no. Reason?: If I want to use a program, I can't continue if I don't agree to the EULA. Information about the company, their products and their moral is gathered outside the EULA.
     
  21. ratwing

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    I vote yes!!

    I also read the entire Warren Commission Report.

    (And the "three yards of books" my wife bought to make our
    living room look intellectual.)

    Bah!! Click and lets get something going!!

    rat
     
  22. Noob

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    I must accept reality, I NEVER READ EULA :D
    Too lazy
     
  23. guest

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    Sometimes I used Eulalyzer. Mainly for test purposes, curiosity or before installing somewhat suspicious software.

    Now, I don't use Eulalyzer neither I read any EULA. I prefer to trust on the software I use - lazy easy option.
     
  24. Noob

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    Yeah, it kinda takes a lot of time reading all that :rolleyes:
     
  25. icr

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    Never:D
     
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