EULAlyzer 1.0 Released - Analyze license agreements for interesting words/phrases!

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  1. javacool

    javacool BrightFort Moderator

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    EULAlyzer 1.0 Released!

    Analyze license agreements for interesting words and phrases!

    End user license agreements (EULAs) are the bane of most computer users. No one wants to read through pages and pages of boring text, and many people skip reading them altogether. But it can be dangerous not to read license agreements - you might miss important information about software or bundled components, plus you have no idea what you could be agreeing to.

    But now there's a way of making that much easier.

    EULAlyzer - Making it all easy!

    EULAlyzer can analyze license agreements in seconds, and provide a detailed listing of potentially interesting words and phrases. Discover if the software you're about to install displays pop-up ads, transmits personally identifiable information, uses unique identifiers to track you, or much much more.

    The Benefits:
    -Discover potentially hidden behavior about the software you're going to install
    -Pick up on things you missed when reading license agreements
    -Keep a saved database of the license agreements you view
    -Instant results - super-fast analysis in just a second

    EULAlyzer Personal is free for personal and educational use.

    More information and download: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/eulalyzer.html

    Enjoy! :D

    -Javacool

    P.S. Want active, automatic protection? Help support the development of this program, and check out EULAlyzer Pro!
     
  2. Matt_Smi

    Matt_Smi Registered Member

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    Re: EULAlyzer 1.0 Released - Analyze license agreements for interesting words/phrases

    This is a cool program, I tried it out seems to work well, although I am trying to find a somewhat shady program to test it out with. I remember a little while back a member here pitched the idea for a program like this, cool to actually see it out now. Good Job!
     
  3. nicM

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    Re: EULAlyzer 1.0 Released - Analyze license agreements for interesting words/phrases

    The idea of such a soft is great ! :D especially for non/few-english speaking users - always annoying to read theses endless sentences.

    Thanks, will give it a try :)
     
  4. Milly

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    siljaline kindly posted news of this at GRC. The thread starts here if anyone's interested :-

    From: siljaline <siljaline@cgi.bin>
    Subject: Javacool Software "EULAlyzer"
    Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 00:55:16 -0400
    Message-ID: <dg5m39$jqj$1@news.grc.com>
    Xref: news.grc.com grc.news.latestversions:15166
    X-Url: http://www.GRC.com/groups/news.latestversions:15166

    Of course it's a brilliant tool in many ways. But as I haven't seen any comments here at the official forum about the potential drawbacks, I thought I'd copy across my GRC post for consideration :-

    http://www.GRC.com/groups/news.latestversions:15209

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    poo0gimmal said in:<news:dg5psb$m5u$1@news.grc.com>:
    > siljaline wrote:
    >> http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/eulalyzer.html
    >> <quote>
    >> [...]
    >> You should always read license agreements before agreeing to them.
    >> But now there's a way of making that much easier.
    >>
    >> EULAlyzer - Making it all easy
    >>
    >> EULAlyzer can analyze license agreements in seconds, and provide
    >> a detailed listing of potentially interesting words and phrases.
    >> Discover if the software you're about to install displays pop-up
    >> ads, transmits personally identifiable information, uses unique
    >> identifiers to track you, or much much more.
    >> </quote>
    >
    > I eulalyzerized the eulalyzer eula... very interesting! install
    > seemed painless. I guess we need some lawyer to analyze the
    > output to advise if eulalyzer is finding legally significant
    > stuff. does not really offer legal opinion, but finds phrases and
    > then rates the eula in one of several catagories. more than I
    > usually did in the past with eula's... but I know some folks here
    > read them painstakingly.

    IANAL, but I eulalyzerized the eulalyzer EULA too (presented, btw,
    in a "small windows that require lots of scrolling", without any
    means to print or copy'n'paste the text elsewhere! ;)), and it
    illustrates my main concern about this brilliant but potentially
    dangerous tool: that of creating a false sense of security.

    Its practical purpose, and more-or-less-stated intent (I've padded
    poo's quote above to highlight that), is that people need only read
    the bits flagged as "potentially interesting". Which is fine
    provided it *always* flags the "potentially interesting" bits, but
    dangerous if it doesn't, because many people might be even less
    inclined to read the whole thing, and therefore miss the bad bits,
    than without the tool. Especially when it's popularity extends
    beyond people like us, who are interested/horrified in/by such
    things.

    To illustrate, then: these seem to me to be by far the most
    "potentially interesting" parts of it's own EULA :-

    ,------------
     
  5. nadirah

    nadirah Registered Member

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    Re: EULAlyzer 1.0 Released - Analyze license agreements for interesting words/phrases

    Nice piece of software javacool! I'm gonna try it out myself. :D:cool:
     
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