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EULA Agreements and the General Computer User [Comic]

Agreement (Larger Version) [Manu Cornet – Bonkers World Blog]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 08/24/12

Comments (14)

  1. Balázs

    So true…
    It’s really possible that we’ve already sold our souls to a software company for some freeware just by clicking “I Agree”

  2. Uhmar

    Anyone familiar with the South Park episode about iTunes and the human centipede? :D

  3. Lisa Santika Onggrid

    I forgot which, but there was a gaming company (if I’m not mistaken) that played this trick for their survey. Those who backed out from the EULA (selling your soul to said company) were granted with prizes. A week later they posted an announcement that they gave back the collected souls to their respective owners, then posted the result of the survey.

  4. Microsoft Slave

    If you only (unwittingly) agreed to give up your “souls” then consider yourself lucky. I was a first born child!

    And not that I’d want to, but I can’t even look at Apple software – their EULA’s are even more “binding”!


  5. Pierre Benarhrdt

    The Apple contract is 69 (or 73?) pages long. When I bought an iPad, AFTER I opened the box, I was made aware of the contract. I tried to return the iPad after I read the contract butt I could not do it since I had “broken the seal”. When I pointed that out to the salesperson I was called a liar. When I came back with the card stating the terms nobody was willing to talk to me. My consolation was when I introduced a friend to Windows 7 and what he could do with it, he completely gave up on Apple and he had about $9,000.00 invested in his laptop and desktop with a 32″ screen. As an aside, he is now a very vocal Apple critic. Apple users really drank the Kool-Aid and I invite them to flame me. Oh, also, the first “personal” computer I ever had was an Apple.

  6. WhytteDragun

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Apple needs to go away. Completely. As soon as possible.
    How a company whose motto seems to be “we think our customers are so stupid that we’re not going to let them do anything to “their” purchase without our express permission” has lasted this long is beyond me.

  7. Alex e

    Can I jump in right quick? The thing I despise about Apple is how unfriendly they are to DIY folks such as me. I love to find old hardware and piece things together and make it all work. I wouldn’t call Apple
    ‘s stuff garbage, but it’s not the end all as many make it out to be. I have some old P4 systems I installed Linux on and I’m using them to power my Arduino projects, that’s what it’s all about. I couldn’t believe when the Ipod first came out that if the battery needed replacing, you sent it in, and you got back a DIFFERENT refurbished unit!! REALLY!!?

  8. UltimatePSV

    I prefer Windows and Linux (I use both) and Android for phones (yes, I know it’s built on Linux). Apple is just awful about everything; it’s basically for people who don’t really care for control of their tech.

  9. victor

    I hate it that Windows Phone 7 and possibly Win8 have also gone this same way… I wish I could install Windows Phone 6.5 on my HTC HD7 so I can customize it like I want…

  10. anuvab1911

    Now-a-days,manufacturers won’t let you do anything to their s/w or h/w without their prior permission.Even Nokia now–days doesn’t allow you to open up even the battery(Think when it freezes.You could just take out the battery and reset it like nothing happened) without a screw-driver.

  11. Naman

    Yup. Even my mom’s HTC One V has the battery built-in. And in my netbook, you need to remove the keyboard, then unscrew 4 screws under it, then remove the back panel, to upgrade the RAM. I’m not doing it!

  12. David

    @Lisa Santika Onggrid

    GameStation did that as an April Fools joke, once:

    By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from or one of its duly authorised minions. We reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act.

    If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant Us such a license, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction.

  13. dragonbite

    Has anyone tried reading an EULA? It’s a sure cure for insomnia!

  14. XxChungxX

    lol, who would read that anyway..

    only if, IF, it was important i would SCAN it.

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