Sunday, March 13, 2005
Serious EULA Protection
Ed Foster's Gripelog: "A reader attending a recent tradeshow was handed a surprising promotional giveaway by the makers of BitDefender antivirus software. It was a condom - the BitDefender Prophylactic. 'Secure your every bit,' the package said. 'When used properly, BitDefender Prophylactics prevent unauthorized/involuntary exchange of potentially hazardous biological material.' While that was amusing, the reader was even more surprised to discover that in the package, along with the actual condom, there was a long 'End User License Agreement and Disclaimer of Warranty' for the BitDefender Prophylactic. It started off:

Please read the following end user license agreement carefully. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions do not install the BitDefender Prophylactic (hereafter referred to as 'the hardware' or alternatively 'BitDefender Prophylactic').

....The EULA also takes a very hard line in terms of restricting use to a single "terminal" and prohibiting the user from sub-licensing, renting, selling, leasing of otherwise transferring ownership of the product:

You may install and use one BitDefender Prophylactic once. The license expires when use of the product is discontinued (i.e. the product is removed from the terminal on which it has been installed) ... A license for BitDefender Prophylactic may not be shared or used concurrently on different terminals. You should purchase a license pack if you require multiple licenses for use on multiple terminals."

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