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Got Caught not Reading the EULA [Funny Image]

Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 10/12/11

Comments (19)

  1. anybodysguess

    If this is real I would want to get that program just to see it!
    Keep posting these, they are great.

    Anybodysguess

  2. Lee

    Actually, this wouldn’t be hard to implement at all. Just make a timer and when the user clicks the Next button to go onto the page, start it. When they click Agree, stop it. Then pop up that message box with the calculations.

  3. Jeff

    While installing a program more than once, I have hit this before, forget when.
    I read the license once do I really need to read it 20 times.

  4. Vezikon

    No one actually read these stuff … but nice trick :D

  5. Yair

    Great! I like this idea!!

  6. Funkus

    My excuse was that I am an “Evilyn Wood Speed Reader”. Evilyn Wood captained a “Speed Reading” Tutorial Program in the 1960′s – (don’t know if she’s still around or not)?

  7. EULAs SUCK

    Where’s the STFU response to the smart ass pop-up?

  8. Ray A

    So what. I’ll probably end up deleting it anyway.

  9. Silver Dragon Sys

    LMAO I would crap my pants if someone actually put a dialog pop-up like that in their software. I’m one of those that only reads the EULA on software I’m not familiar with, and I speed read through those. :P

  10. rusty

    The next button I’d be clicking after OK is Do Not Accept.

  11. Dennis

    LOL. I certainly know I’d see this dialog! Most of us would. A few years ago there was a Eula in a game where the person is stating that they have just sold their soul to Satan. Obviously, if you hadn’t read the Eula, but just agreed (like many of us automagically do). But one person noticed the clause in the Eula and wrote to the gaming company. It turned out to be a contest and the guy won some nice prizes. Everyone else will go to hell, straight to hell, do not pass “Go”; do not collect 200 hundred dollars. I suppose the lesson in this is “always read the Eula to see WHAT you’re agreeing to.” But most Eula’s are boringly mundane…

  12. Siege

    There is a simple reason people do not read EULA’s. In practical terms, they mean nothing, as there is no real choice. It’s not as if you can click “No”! If you do, you can’t install.

    More accurately… You have already decided you want to install the program, long before the EULA pops up. You may not have decided you want to marry it or have it’s babies, but you DO already want to take a look at it, at least. So people are (rightly!) annoyed by a buttload of legal crap when they are just trying to install it and check it out.

    The proper place/time for a EULA pop up, one that the manufacturer really wants people to read, understand, and agree to, would be sometime after the software is installed. When you are exploring, finding out what that software can do, and if you really want to use it. Then you could actually make an informed decision: keep it, or uninstall it.

    I know the lawyers will scream that the EULA has to come first. But the way people are built, if the EULA pops up before install, most will always skip it. It’s human nature.

  13. DJ Rosen

    Why do they bother with it anyway? There’s little or nothing they could do if someone tore it down and resold it as thier own program. Change some of the graphics. Funnel the money to another country’s banking system. The expense of prosecution is cost restrictive. It’s a scare crow. If it were legitimate, the code writer ould be hoping that someone would try and steal it to make more money off the legal action as well as the sales.

  14. Dark Reality

    I swear I have seen an installer do this, only it didn’t call me out for reading too fast, it accused me of not reading the whole thing because I did not use the scroll bar. I’ve also seen EULAs that put the accept button at the end of the text, so you have to scroll through to get to it, and EULAs that grey out the accept button until you scroll down. I’ve been using Ninite lately, though, so I haven’t seen a lot of EULAs.

    Unrelated but similar, I bought System Mechanic years ago, and one time I was reinstalling it (I used to reformat my hard drive and reinstall Windows in case of problems too often) and I mistyped the serial, and it rebooted my computer for me. I was in the middle of something and lost work. I used it for a little while longer, but quit after a while. Also, Snood (it’s a game… and it’s also in the Firefox dictionary, oddly enough) will throw about 200 popups, one after the other, berating you and nagging at you, if you mistype its serial. Guess I could have ended the process, but I kept thinking, “Surely this is the last one”. It would be nice to see a list of them, some were actually kinda funny.

  15. outspoken

    I have seen many popular programs, (VirtualBox), that do not allow you to accept the EULA until you scroll the EULA fully.

  16. Nacho

    @Siege Thank you for using your clear mind and clear writing to help me speak my mind out! i.e., I agree with you completely :-)

  17. Liz

    Thanks we all just had a good laugh at that

  18. anuvab1911

    Who the hell would code the installation program that way??

  19. Jess

    I’ve seen this while installing something! Made me laugh.

    A few yeas ago, I registered on a website (or something similar), and when the T&C’s came up, I just pressed ‘ACCEPT’ without reading. I can’t remember exactly what came up, but I had to start the registration over, because apparently in the last paragraph of the T&C’s was a word you had to press (in the middle of the paragraph was something like “Press the word ‘whatever’ in the next sentence to accept these terms and conditions) to actually accept, and the ‘ACCEPT’ button was a trap! I thought it was clever, but it took me a few times to figure it out, I even tried pressing ‘DECLINE’ on the second try.

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