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Re: [dvd-discuss] Shrinkwrap Licenses....extending them

Read the fine print at the bottom of my diceware.com page.

Arnold Reinhold

At 6:54 PM -0700 5/1/03, microlenz@earthlink.net wrote:
>Something I've been pondering as I slowly reconstitute my home computing after
>problems, upgrades, and the like (the old machine is going to LINUX 
>with a boot
>manager...the data acq. board doesn't have a linux driver)...The whole idea of
>a shrinkwrap license is that I can dump it on your doorstep using 
>the mail, UPS
>or through the market place or Internet and when you open it, click on it or
>whatever a CONTRACT suddenly appears where none existed before. A contract
>without negociation or a meeting of the minds and in the case of the small
>print ones prolifferating one with questionable legality.
>So...what other kinds of questionallby legal contracts can form from this
>perverted notion...
>Supppose I send a check to the Republican party in a box with a shrinkwrap
>contract saying "you agree that if you cash this check the Republican party
>platform will hence forth never mention the XXX issue and if you ever do you
>will pay damages of $1000M to me!"....
>What about donations to politicians?
>Or  Charities...
>Any other ideas?
>Realize this is a reductio ad absurdum sort of approach