End User License Agreements – Do You Care?
When was the last time you actually read any user license agreement? The most likely answer is, never. Of-course, i’d like to count in certain users, who might actually be reading the user license agreements entirely, each time. Either understanding word-by-word, all by themselves or through a hired lawyer. If you are one of such, then you are a hero – a real one, with super powers. I envy you for that.
If the software makers really want the users to read and grasp all the terms and conditions mentioned into the license agreements, they must have them simplified. And I really appreciate the fact that *some* vendors have taken notice of this and have already begun simplifying their agreements, but a major chunk of them are still on with the conventional ways. And ofcourse, with newer ways to simply render the license agreements pointless. Ways like swapping the next button with a cancel button, enforcing timers where the users cannot proceed until the timers runs out and all jazz.
This reminds me of a hilarious 3 minute stand up act by one of my favorite comic artists – Eddie Izzard, who describes his funny endurances while installing the apps and software updates on his Mac computer.
What is your opinion? Do you think the conventional ways of presenting the user license agreements a best way of communicating the legal messages? Do you read them?