Liar, liar, pants on fire; nose is as long as a telephone wire...

(Tim) A notice on my screen tells me Firefox has an update I should install. I'm obedient and, after installation, restart Firefox. Immediately I'm presented a screen that says it's quite important I update to the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. I push another button and then another and another and another... Finally, I'm presented with a screen saying "This program will install Adobe Flash Player 10.1. Usage subject to the Flash Player Software License Agreement." Then there's a checkbox next to the statement "I have read and agree to the terms of the license agreement," and two buttons--"QUIT" and "INSTALL."

If you click "INSTALL" without checking the "I have read and agree to the terms of the license agreement" checkbox, you'll notice it's grayed out and won't be functional until you...

Lie.

I've had this discussion with other believers and said to them, "I don't ever read the sofware agreements before clicking the box and you know you don't read them, eiher. So all of us are lying."

Humorously, the several times I've said this to a person in real live flesh right in front of me, almost always the man I'm talking to protests that he does, in fact, read them. Conscientiously, even.

So then I tell him he's lying ...again. But he denies it and says something like, "Maybe I skim some parts of them, but I really do make an effort to read them."

Not wanting to suborn perjury, I leave the poor liar alone to his lies and depart the conversation feeling self-righteous about my much more limited lying. At least I tell the truth--that I don't ever, ever, ever (and have never, never, never) read these contracts despite always checking the box that says I have.

So now, out there in radioland, some of our good readers are lying, saying to themselves, "I'm going to comment that I always read them before checking the box."

Don't bother. None of us will believe you.

And you know, the lawyers and software publishers who write these agreements and require us to say we've read them before installing their sofware are more quilty of breaking the Ninth Commandment than we are. They're promoting lies, but you and I only lie, ourselves.

If you're the one-in-a-million who's always read these licences before clicking the "I've read and agree" button, don't let me seduce you to the evil side. Keep plugging away at them. What a witness in this evil world. I'm sure you sleep better than I.

To other Mac users about to install the latest version of Firefox which will browbeat you about upgrading your Adobe Flash Player, let me save you some effort and, assuming I'm not violating any copyright agreements, here deposit a copy of the 5,006 word user agreement Adobe requires that you read. I'm hoping to save you the effort of finding and downloading the 3.3 MB document from their web site.

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ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED Personal Computer Software License Agreement

1. WARRANTY DISCLAIMER, BINDING AGREEMENT AND ADDITIONAL TERMS AND AGREEMENTS.

1.1 WARRANTY DISCLAIMER. THE SOFTWARE AND OTHER INFORMATION IS DELIVERED TO YOU “AS IS” AND WITH ALL FAULTS. ADOBE, ITS SUPPLIERS AND CERTIFICATION AUTHORITIES DO NOT AND CANNOT WARRANT THE PERFORMANCE OR RESULTS YOU MAY OBTAIN BY USING THE SOFTWARE, CERTIFICATE AUTHORITY SERVICES OR OTHER THIRD PARTY OFFERINGS. EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT ANY WARRANTY, CONDITION, REPRESENTATION OR TERM CANNOT OR MAY NOT BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED BY LAW APPLICABLE TO YOU IN YOUR JURISDICTION, ADOBE AND ITS SUPPLIERS AND CERTIFICATION AUTHORITIES MAKE NO WARRANTIES CONDITIONS, REPRESENTATIONS, OR TERMS (EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WHETHER BY STATUTE, COMMON LAW, CUSTOM, USAGE OR OTHERWISE) AS TO ANY MATTER INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION NONINFRINGEMENT OF THIRD PARTY RIGHTS, MERCHANTABILITY, INTEGRATION, SATISFACTORY QUALITY, OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE PROVISIONS OF SECTIONS 1.1 AND 10 SHALL SURVIVE THE TERMINATION OF THIS AGREEMENT, HOWSOEVER CAUSED, BUT THIS SHALL NOT IMPLY OR CREATE ANY CONTINUED RIGHT TO USE THE SOFTWARE AFTER TERMINATION OF THIS AGREEMENT.

1.2 BINDING AGREEMENT: By using, copying or distributing all or any portion of the Adobe Software, you accept all the terms and conditions of this agreement, including, in particular, the provisions on:

- Use (Section 3); - Transferability (Section 5); - Connectivity and Privacy (Section 7), including:

- Updating, - Local Storage, - Settings Manager, - Peer Assisted Networking Technology, - Content Protection Technology, and - Use of Adobe Online Services;

- Warranty Disclaimer (Section 1.1), and; - Liability Limitations (Sections 10 and 17).

Upon acceptance, this agreement is enforceable against you and any entity that obtained the Software and on whose behalf it is used. If you do not agree, do not Use the Software.

1.3 ADDITIONAL TERMS AND AGREEMENTS. Adobe permits you to Use the Software only in accordance with the terms of this agreement. Use of some third party materials included in the Software may be subject to other terms and conditions typically found in a separate license agreement, a “Read Me” file located near such materials or in the “Third Party Software Notices and/or Additional Terms and Conditions” found at http://www.adobe.com/go/thirdparty. Such other terms and conditions will supersede all or portions of this agreement in the event of a conflict with the terms and conditions of this agreement.

2. Definitions.

“Adobe” means Adobe Systems Incorporated, a Delaware corporation, 345 Park Avenue, San Jose, California 95110, if subsection 12(a) of this agreement applies; otherwise it means Adobe Systems Software Ireland Limited, 4-6 Riverwalk, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24, Ireland, a company organized under the laws of Ireland and an affiliate and licensee of Adobe Systems Incorporated.

“Compatible Computer” means a Computer that conforms to the system requirements of the Software as specified in the Documentation.“Computer” means a virtual machine or physical personal electronic device that accepts information in digital or similar form and manipulates it for a specific result based on a sequence of instructions.

“Personal Computer” or “PC” shall mean a hardware product which is designed and marketed with the primary purpose of operating a wide variety of productivity, entertainment, and other software applications provided by unrelated third party software vendors, which operates depending upon the use of a full function and full feature set computer operating system of the type(s) then in widespread use with hardware to operate general purpose laptop, desktop, server and large format tablet microprocessor based computers. This definition of Personal Computer shall exclude hardware products that are designed and/or marketed to have as their primary purpose any number of the following: television, television receiver, portable media player, audio/video receiver, radio, audio headphone, audio speaker, personal digital assistant (“PDA”), telephone or similar telephony based device, game console, personal video recorder (“PVR”), player for digital versatile disc (“DVD”) or other optical media, video camera, still camera, camcorder, video editing and format conversion device, video image projection device, and shall further exclude any similar type of consumer, professional or industrial device.

“Software” means (a) all of the contents of the files (delivered electronically or on physical media), or disk(s) or other media with which this agreement is provided, which may include (i) Adobe or third party computer information or software, including Adobe Reader® (“Adobe Reader”), Adobe® AIR® (“Adobe AIR”), Adobe Flash® Player, Shockwave® Player and Authorware® Player (collectively, Adobe AIR and the Flash, Shockwave and Authorware players are the “Adobe Runtimes”); (ii) related explanatory written materials or files (“Documentation”); and (iii) fonts; and (b) upgrades, modified versions, updates, additions, and copies of the foregoing, provided to you by Adobe at any time (collectively, “Updates”).

“Use” means to access, install, download, copy, or otherwise benefit from using the functionality of the Software.

3. Software License.

If you obtained the Software from Adobe or one of its authorized licensees, and subject to your compliance with the terms of this agreement, including the restrictions in Section 4, Adobe grants to you a non-exclusive license to Use the Software in the manner and for the purposes described in the Documentation as follows:

3.1 General Use. You may install and Use one copy of the Software on your Compatible Computer. See Section 4 for important restrictions on the Use of the Software.

3.2 Server Use. This agreement does not permit you to install or Use the Software on a computer file server. For information on Use of Software on a computer file server please refer to http://www.adobe.com/go/acrobat_distribute for information about Adobe Reader; or http://www.adobe.com/go/licensing for information about the Adobe Runtimes.

3.3 Distribution. This license does not grant you the right to sublicense or distribute the Software. For information about obtaining the right to distribute the Software on tangible media or through an internal network or with your product or service please refer to http://www.adobe.com/go/acrobat_distribute for information about Adobe Reader;

or http://www.adobe.com/go/licensing for information about the Adobe Runtimes.

3.4 Backup Copy. You may make one backup copy of the Software, provided your backup copy is not installed or used other than for archival purposes. You may not transfer the rights to a backup copy unless you transfer all rights in the Software as provided under Section 5.

4. Obligations and Restrictions.

4.1 Adobe Runtime Restrictions. You will not Use any Adobe Runtime on any non-PC device or with any embedded or device version of any operating system. For the avoidance of doubt, and by example only, you may not Use an Adobe Runtime on any (a) mobile device, set top box (STB), handheld, phone, game console, TV, DVD player, media center (other than with Windows XP Media Center Edition and its successors), electronic billboard or other digital signage, Internet

appliance or other Internet-connected device, PDA, medical device, ATM, telematic device, gaming machine, home automation system, kiosk, remote control device, or any other consumer electronics device, (b) operator-based mobile, cable, satellite, or television system or (c) other closed system device. No right or license to Use any Adobe Runtime is granted for such prohibited uses.

For information on Software license terms for non-PC versions of Adobe Runtimes please visit http://www.adobe.com/go/runtime_mobile_EULA. For information on licensing Adobe Runtimes for distribution on such systems please visit http://www.adobe.com/go/licensing.

4.1.1 AVC Video Restrictions. The Software may contain h.264/AVC video technology, the use of which requires the following notice from MPEG-LA, L.L.C.:

THIS SOFTWARE IS LICENSED UNDER THE AVC PATENT PORTFOLIO LICENSE FOR THE PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE OF A CONSUMER TO (I) ENCODE VIDEO IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE AVC STANDARD (“AVC VIDEO”) AND/OR (II) DECODE AVC VIDEO THAT WAS ENCODED BY A CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A PERSONAL AND NON- COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND/OR WAS OBTAINED FROM A VIDEO PROVIDER LICENSED TO PROVIDE AVC VIDEO. NO LICENSE IS GRANTED OR SHALL BE IMPLIED FOR ANY OTHER USE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C. SEE http://www.mpegla.com.

4.2 Adobe Flash Player Restrictions. You will not use Adobe Flash Player with any application or device that circumvents technological measures for the protection of video, audio, and/or data content, including any of Adobe’s secure RTMP measures. No right or license to use Adobe Flash Player is granted for such prohibited uses.

4.3 Adobe Reader Restrictions.

4.3.1 Conversion Restrictions. You will not integrate or use Adobe Reader with any other software, plug-in or enhancement that uses or relies upon Adobe Reader when converting or transforming PDF files into a different format (e.g., a PDF file into a TIFF, JPEG, or SVG file).

4.3.2 Plug-in Restrictions. You will not integrate or use Adobe Reader with any plug-in software not developed in accordance with the Adobe Integration Key License Agreement, more information can be found at http://www.adobe.com/devnet/reader/ikla.html.

4.3.3 Disabled Features. Adobe Reader may contain features or functionalities that are hidden or appear disabled or “grayed out” (the “Disabled Features”). Disabled Features will activate only when opening a PDF document that was created using enabling technology available only from Adobe. You will not access, or attempt to access, any Disabled Features other than through the use of such enabling technologies, nor will you rely on Adobe Reader to create a feature substantially similar to any Disabled Feature or otherwise circumvent the technology that controls activation of any such feature. For more information on disabled features, please refer to http://www.adobe.com/go/readerextensions.

4.4 Notices. You shall not alter or remove any copyright or other proprietary notice that appears on or in the Software.

4.5 No Modification or Reverse Engineering. You shall not modify, adapt, translate or create derivative works based upon the Software. You shall not reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, or otherwise attempt to discover the source code of the Software. If you are located in the European Union, please refer to the additional terms at the end of this agreement under the header “European Union Provisions,” in Section 16.

5. Transfer.

You may not rent, lease, sublicense, assign, or transfer your rights in the Software, or authorize all or any portion of the Software to be copied onto another user’s Computer except as may be expressly permitted by this agreement. You may, however, transfer all your rights to Use the Software to another person or legal entity provided that: (a) you also transfer (i) this agreement, and (ii) the Software

and all other software or hardware bundled or pre-installed with the Software, including all copies, Updates, and prior versions, to such person or entity, (b) you retain no copies, including backups and copies stored on a Computer, and (c) the receiving party accepts the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other terms and conditions upon which you obtained a valid license to the Software.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may not transfer education, pre-release, or not for resale copies of the Software.

6. Intellectual Property Ownership, Reservation of Rights.

The Software and any authorized copies that you make are the intellectual property of Adobe and its suppliers. The structure, organization and code of the Software are the valuable intellectually property (e.g. trade secrets and confidential information) of Adobe and its suppliers. The Software is protected by law, including without limitation the copyright laws of the United States and other countries, and by international treaty provisions. Except as expressly stated herein, this agreement does not grant you any intellectual property rights in the Software and all rights not expressly granted are reserved by Adobe and its suppliers.

7. Connectivity and Privacy. You acknowledge and agree to the following:

7.1 Use of PDF Files. When you Use the Software to open a PDF file that has been enabled to display ads, your Computer may connect to a website operated by Adobe, an advertiser, or other third party. Your Internet Protocol address (“IP Address”) is sent when this happens. The party hosting the site may use technology to send (or “serve”) advertising or other electronic content that appears in or near the opened PDF file. The website operator may also use JavaScript, web beacons (also known as action tags or single-pixel gifs), and other technologies to increase and measure the effectiveness of advertisements and to personalize advertising content. Your communication with Adobe websites is governed by the Adobe Online Privacy Policy found at http://www.adobe.com/go/privacy (“Adobe Online Privacy Policy”). Adobe may not have access to or control over features that a third party may use, and the information practices of third party websites are not covered by the Adobe Online Privacy Policy.

7.2 Updating. If your Computer is connected to the Internet, the Software may, without additional notice, check for Updates that are available for automatic download and installation to your Computer and let Adobe know the Software is successfully installed. For Reader, Updates may be automatically downloaded but not installed without additional notice unless you change your preferences to accept automatic installation. Only non-personally identifying information is transmitted to Adobe when this happens, except to the extent that

IP Addresses may be considered personally identifiable in some jurisdictions. The use of such information, including your IP Address, as provided by the auto update process is governed by the Adobe Online Privacy Policy. Please consult the Documentation for information about changing default update settings, or online at http://www.adobe.com/go/settingsmanager for Flash Player, http://acrobatsupport.com/turning-off-the-acrobat-updater (or successor website) for Reader, and http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/403/kb403175.html and http://airdownload.adobe.com/air/applications/SettingsManager/SettingsManager.air for Adobe AIR.

7.3 Local Storage. Flash Player and Adobe AIR may allow third parties to store certain information on your Computer in a local data file known as a local shared object. The type and amount of information that the third party application requests to be stored in a local shared object can vary by application and such requests are solely controlled by the third party. You can find more information on local shared objects at http://www.adobe.com/go/flashplayer_security. For more information on how to limit or control the storage of local shared objects on your Computer, please visit http://www.adobe.com/go/settmgr_storage_en.

7.4 Settings Manager. Flash Player and Adobe AIR may cause certain user settings to be stored on your Computer as a local shared object. These settings are associated with the instance of Flash Player or Adobe AIR on your Computer, but do not contain personally identifiable information associated with you, and allow you to configure certain settings within the Flash Player including the ability to limit third parties from storing local shared objects. You can find more information on how to configure your version of Flash Player or Adobe AIR, including how to disable local shared objects in the Settings Manager for Flash Player, at http://www.adobe.com/go/settingsmanager, or http://airdownload.adobe.com/air/applications/SettingsManager/SettingsManager.air for Adobe AIR.

7.5 Peer Assisted Networking Technology. Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR runtimes provide the ability for applications built by third parties to connect to an Adobe Server or Service and permit direct communication between two Adobe Runtime clients or to connect an Adobe Runtime client as part of a peer or distributed network that allows a portion of your resources, such as network bandwidth, to be made directly available to other participants. Prior to joining such peer or distributed network, you will be provided with the opportunity to accept such connectivity. To manage Peer Assisted Networking settings, please go to the Settings Manager at http://www.adobe.com/go/settmgr_networking_en.

You can find more information on Peer Assisted Networking at http://www.adobe.com/go/RTMFP.

7.6 Content Protection Technology. If you Use the Adobe Runtimes to access content that has been protected with Adobe Flash Media Rights Management Server or Flash Access software (“Content Protection”), in order to let you play the protected content, the Software may automatically request media usage rights and individualization rights from a rights server on the Internet, and may download and install required components of the Software, including any available Content Protection Updates. You can find more information on Content Protection at http://www.adobe.com/go/protected_content.

7.7 Use of Adobe Online Services. If your Computer is connected to the Internet, the Software may, without additional notice and on an intermittent or regular basis, facilitate your access to content and services that are hosted on websites maintained by Adobe or its affiliates (“Adobe Online Services”). Examples of such Adobe Online Services might include, but are not limited to: Acrobat.com. In some cases an Adobe Online Service might appear as a feature or extension within the Software even though it is hosted on a website. In some cases, access to an Adobe Online Service might require a separate subscription or other fee in order to access it, and/or your assent to additional terms of use. Adobe Online Services might not be available in all languages or to residents of all countries and Adobe may, at any time and for any reason, modify or discontinue the availability of any Adobe Online Service. Adobe also reserves the right to begin charging a fee for access to or use of an Adobe Online Service that was previously offered at no charge. If your Computer is connected to the Internet, the Software may, without additional notice, update downloadable materials from these Adobe Online Services so as to provide immediate availability of these Adobe Online Services even when you are offline. When the Software connects to the Internet, no personally identifiable information is sent except to the extent that IP Addresses may be considered personally identifiable in some jurisdictions. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you sign on to Acrobat.com your user name and password may be sent to Adobe’s

servers and stored by Adobe in accordance with the Acrobat.com Additional Terms of Use. Whenever the Software makes an Internet connection and communicates with an Adobe website, whether automatically or due to explicit user request, the Adobe Online Privacy Policy shall apply. Additionally, unless you are provided with separate terms of use at that time, the Adobe.com Terms of Use (http://www.adobe.com/go/terms) shall apply. Please note that the Adobe Privacy Policy allows tracking of website visits and it addresses in detail the topic of tracking and use of cookies, web beacons and similar devices.

8. Third Party Offerings. You acknowledge and agree to the following:

8.1 Third Party Offerings. The Software may allow you to access and interoperate with third party content, software applications, and data services, including rich Internet applications (“Third Party Offerings”). Your access to and use of any Third Party Offering, including any goods, services, or information, is governed by the terms and conditions respecting such offerings and copyright laws of the United States and other countries. Third Party Offerings are not owned or provided by Adobe. You agree that you will not use any of such Third Party Offerings in violation of copyright laws of the United States or other countries. Adobe or the third party may at any time, for any reason, modify or discontinue the availability of any Third Party Offerings. Adobe does not control, endorse or accept responsibility for Third Party Offerings. Any dealings between you and any third party in connection with a Third Party Offerings, including such party’s privacy policies and use of your personal information, delivery of and payment for goods and services and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such dealings, are solely between you and such third party. Third Party Offerings might not be available in all languages or to residents of all countries and Adobe or the third party may, at any time and for any reason, modify or discontinue the availability of any Third Party Offerings.

8.2 EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY AGREED BY ADOBE OR ITS AFFILIATES OR A THIRD PARTY IN A SEPARATE AGREEMENT, YOUR USE OF ADOBE AND THIRD PARTY OFFERINGS IS AT YOUR OWN RISK UNDER THE WARRANTY AND LIABILITY LIMITATIONS OF SECTIONS 1.1 AND 10.

9. Digital Certificates. You acknowledge and agree to the following:

9.1 Use. Adobe AIR uses digital certificates to help you identify the publisher of Adobe AIR applications created by third parties. Additionally, Adobe AIR uses digital certificates to establish the identity of servers accessed via the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol, including access via HTTPS. Adobe Reader uses digital certificates to sign and validate signatures within PDF documents and to validate certified PDF documents. Adobe Runtimes use digital certificates to secure protected content from unauthorized usage. Your Computer may connect to the Internet at the time of validation of a digital certificate in order to download current certificate revocation lists (CRLs) or to update the list of digital certificates. This access may be made both by the Software and by applications based on the Software. Digital certificates are issued by third party certificate authorities, including Adobe Certified Document Services (CDS) vendors listed at http://www.adobe.com/go/partners_cds and Adobe Approved Trust List (AATL) vendors listed at http://www.adobe.com/security/approved-trust-list.html, and individualization vendors found at http://www.adobe.com/go/protected_content (collectively “Certification Authorities”), or can be self-signed.

9.2 Terms and Conditions. Purchase, use and reliance upon digital certificates are the responsibility of you and a Certification Authority. Before you rely upon any certified document, digital signature or Certification Authority services, you should review the applicable terms and conditions under which the relevant Certification Authority provides services, including, for example, any subscriber agreements, relying party agreements, certificate policies and practice statements. See the links

on http://www.adobe.com/go/partners_cds for information about Adobe’s CDS vendors and http://www.adobe.com/security/approved-trust-list.html for information about Adobe’s AATL vendors.

9.3 Acknowledgement. You agree that (a) a digital certificate may have been revoked prior to the time of verification, making the digital signature or certificate appear valid when in fact it is not, (b) the security or integrity of a digital certificate may be compromised due to an act or omission by the signer of the document, the applicable Certification Authority, or any other third party, and (c) a certificate may be a self-signed certificate not provided by a Certification Authority. YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT TO RELY ON A CERTIFICATE. UNLESS A SEPARATE WRITTEN WARRANTY IS PROVIDED TO YOU BY A CERTIFICATION AUTHORITY, YOU USE DIGITAL CERTIFICATES AT YOUR SOLE RISK.

9.4 Third Party Beneficiaries. You agree that any Certification Authority you rely upon is a third party beneficiary of this agreement and shall have the right to enforce this agreement in its own name as if it were Adobe.

9.5 Indemnity. You agree to hold Adobe and any applicable Certification Authority (except as expressly provided in its terms and conditions) harmless from any and all liabilities, losses, actions, damages, or claims (including all reasonable expenses, costs, and attorneys fees) arising out of or relating to any use of, or reliance on, any service of such authority, including, without limitation (a) reliance on an expired or revoked certificate, (b) improper verification of a certificate, (c) use of a certificate other than as permitted by any applicable terms and conditions, this agreement or applicable law; (d) failure to exercise reasonable judgment under the circumstances in relying on issuer services or certificates or (e) failure to perform any of the obligations as required in the terms and conditions related to the services.

10. Limitation of Liability.

IN NO EVENT WILL ADOBE, ITS SUPPLIERS, OR CERTIFICATION AUTHORITIES BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY DAMAGES, CLAIMS OR COSTS WHATSOEVER INCLUDING ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, OR ANY LOST PROFITS OR LOST SAVINGS, EVEN IF AN ADOBE REPRESENTATIVE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSS, DAMAGES, OR CLAIMS. THE FOREGOING LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW IN YOUR

JURISDICTION. ADOBE’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY AND THAT OF ITS SUPPLIERS AND CERTIFICATION AUTHORITIES UNDER OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID FOR THE SOFTWARE, IF ANY. Nothing contained in this agreement limits Adobe’s liability to you in the event of death or personal injury resulting from Adobe’s negligence or for the tort of deceit (fraud). Adobe is acting on behalf of its suppliers and Certification Authorities for the purpose of disclaiming, excluding and/or limiting obligations, warranties and liability as provided in this agreement, but in no other respects and for no other purpose. For further information, please see the jurisdiction specific information at the end of this agreement, if any, or contact Adobe’s Customer Support Department.

11. Export Rules.

You agree that the Software will not be shipped, transferred, or exported into any country or used in any manner prohibited by the United States Export Administration Act or any other export laws, restrictions or regulations (collectively the “Export Laws”). In addition, if the Software is identified as export controlled items under the Export Laws, you represent and warrant that you are not a citizen, or otherwise located within, an embargoed nation (including without limitation Iran, Syria, Sudan, Cuba, and North Korea) and that you are not otherwise prohibited under the Export Laws from receiving the Software. All rights to Use the Software are granted on condition that such rights are forfeited if you fail to comply with the terms of this agreement.

12. Governing Law.

This agreement will be governed by and construed in accordance with the substantive laws in force: (a) in the State of California, if a license to the Software is obtained when you are in the United States, Canada, or Mexico; or (b) in Japan, if a license to the Software is obtained when you are in Japan, China, Korea, or other Southeast Asian country where all official languages are written in either an ideographic script (e.g., Hanzi, Kanji, or Hanja), and/or other script based upon or similar in structure to an ideographic script, such as Hangul or Kana; or (c) in England, if a license to the Software is obtained when you are in any other jurisdiction not described above. The respective courts of Santa Clara County, California when California law applies, Tokyo District Court in Japan, when Japanese law applies, and the competent courts of England, when the law of England applies, shall each have non-exclusive jurisdiction over all disputes relating to this agreement. This agreement will not be governed by the conflict of law rules of any jurisdiction or the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, the application of which is expressly excluded.

13. General Provisions.

If any part of this agreement is found void and unenforceable, it will not affect the validity of the balance of this agreement, which shall remain valid and enforceable according to its terms. This agreement shall not prejudice the statutory rights of any party dealing as a consumer. This agreement may only be modified by a writing signed by an authorized officer of Adobe. Updates may be licensed to you by Adobe with additional or different terms. This is the entire agreement between Adobe and you relating to the Software and it supersedes any prior representations, discussions, undertakings, communications, or advertising relating to the Software.

14. Notice to U.S. Government End Users.

For U.S. Government End Users, Adobe agrees to comply with all applicable equal opportunity laws including, if appropriate, the provisions of Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (38 USC 4212), and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the regulations at 41 CFR Parts 60-1 through 60-60, 60-250, and 60-741. The affirmative action clause and regulations contained in the preceding sentence shall be incorporated by reference in this agreement.

15. Compliance with Licenses.

If you are a business or organization, you agree that upon request from Adobe or Adobe’s authorized representative, you will, within thirty (30) days, fully document and certify that use of any and all Software at the time of the request is in conformity with your valid licenses from Adobe.

16. European Union Provisions.

Nothing included in this agreement (including Section 4.5) shall limit any non-waivable right to decompile the Software that you may enjoy under mandatory law. For example, if you are located in the European Union (EU), you may have the right upon certain conditions specified in the applicable law to decompile the Software if it is necessary to do so in order to achieve interoperability of the Software with another software program, and you have first asked Adobe in writing to provide the information necessary to achieve such interoperability and Adobe has not made such information available. In addition, such decompilation may only be done by you or someone else entitled to use a copy of the Software on your behalf. Adobe has the right to impose reasonable conditions before providing such information. Any information supplied by Adobe or obtained by you, as permitted hereunder, may only be used by you for the purpose described herein and may not be disclosed to any third party or used to create any software which is substantially similar to the expression of the Software or used for any other act which infringes Adobe or its licensors’ copyright.

17. Specific Provisions and Exceptions.

17.1 Limitation of Liability for Users Residing in Germany and Austria.

17.1.1 If you obtained the Software in Germany or Austria, and you usually reside in such country, then Section 10 does not apply. Instead, subject to the provisions in Section 17.1.2, Adobe’s statutory liability for damages shall be limited as follows: (a) Adobe shall be liable only up to the amount of damages as typically foreseeable at the time of entering into the license agreement in respect of damages caused by a slightly negligent breach of a material contractual obligation and (b) Adobe shall not be liable for damages caused by a slightly negligent breach of a non-material contractual obligation.

17.1.2 The aforesaid limitation of liability shall not apply to any mandatory statutory liability, in particular, to liability under the German Product Liability Act, liability for assuming a specific guarantee or liability for culpably caused personal injuries.

17.1.3 You are required to take all reasonable measures to avoid and reduce damages, in particular to make back-up copies of the Software and your computer data subject to the provisions of this agreement.

If you have any questions regarding this agreement, or if you wish to request any information from Adobe, please use the address and contact information included with this product or via the web at http://www.adobe.com to contact the Adobe office serving your jurisdiction.

Adobe, Adobe AIR, AIR, Authorware, Flash, Reader, and Shockwave are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

Comments

My favorite part of this post: "I leave the poor liar alone to his lies and depart the conversation feeling self-righteous about my much more limited lying. At least I tell the truth--that I don't ever, ever, ever (and have never, never, never) read these contracts despite always checking the box that says I have."

So human, so true. Not only do we feel better for admitting we have sin, we some how (at least I do) use this to somehow justify our sin... twisted!

>>My favorite part of this...

What? You can't be serious. Did you even read this bit about the "slightly negligent breach of a material contractual obligation?" I mean "slightly negligent?" Gotta love it.

Surely that must be everyone's favorite:

"17.1.1 If you obtained the Software in Germany or Austria, and you usually reside in such country, then Section 10 does not apply. Instead, subject to the provisions in Section 17.1.2, Adobe’s statutory liability for damages shall be limited as follows: (a) Adobe shall be liable only up to the amount of damages as typically foreseeable at the time of entering into the license agreement in respect of damages caused by a slightly negligent breach of a material contractual obligation and (b) Adobe shall not be liable for damages caused by a slightly negligent breach of a non-material contractual obligation."

Dear Tim,

I tend to view user agreements like speed limits. The police know that most drivers go over the limit and even allow in most cases for this to happen. On a given day if I push my luck I may get pulled over understanding that ultimately the law has the authority to ticket me. I don't whine and beg to get off, I do my best to take it like a man. I played the game and that day I lost. I can't stand ticket whiners by the way.

In the same way, I don't read these agreements and am aware that companies know I don't. If I infringe copyright law and am caught I will have to take my licks for I have no excuse ultimately having declared that I was aware of the law by checking the box. I try to be careful about such laws but it is likely that we all infringe at some point even unawares.

There is a bit of game playing going on here on both sides and we all embrace it. I just hope I don't run into a Barney Fife either in regard to my driving or my software use.

Love,

Gary

I have not and never will read this entire post.

I just skimmed this post, but I'm commenting anyway. Wait . . . Andy made this joke already. Hmph.

I happened to like this one:

"9.3 Acknowledgement. You agree that (a) a digital certificate may have been revoked prior to the time of verification, making the digital signature or certificate appear valid when in fact it is not..."

I cross my fingers as I click, so no lying here.

Many software packages contain licenses that say one is bound to the terms by simply opening the package. I view click-through agreements in the same light. They are barriers to using a product that, in common-sense terms, one is entitled to use. If my general understanding of the software tells me I am entitled to use it, then I view the clicking of boxes as simply another step in the installation of said software. In no way do I view it as signing a contract, and neither have many courts in cases that have challenged these so-called agreements. Entering a binding contract should require more than the anonymous clicking of a check box in an automated software installer. One way to counter such terms would be to simply write the words "purchased unconditionally" on the receipt of boxed software or in a comment form for a software download.

I cannot find the time to read 5,000 words of an Edwards or Lloyd-Jones sermon, which I would love to do, and they expect me to read 5,000 words of this?! Shenanigans. Cruel and unusual shenanigans.

This is just another of society's little lose-lose scenarios. The everyman knows these check boxes are one of those things (put there by clowns & madhatters.) He simply pushes forward. I have been pleasantly surprised to see the tendency of regular folks to disregard absurdities foisted upon them by men and women who have never made it out of a courtroom, office or academic ivory tower.

Checkbox ... what checkbox ? Don't know about you, but these things always pop up at absolutely the worse times, IMHO, when I'm about to a take an exam or quiz in an online class, paying a bill online just before it's due, wanting to do Evening Prayer online ... if I have time I might skim over the part about what they do with the data they collect about users, but that's it.

And for free downloads like Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Java, etc., why in the world would you want to:

(1) break a copyright agreement by giving someone else a copy of the s/w when you could just direct a friend to the company's web site so they could download their own copy?

(2) reverse engineer their software?

It gives me a headache to think about what else might be included in the terms & conditions.

If I may offer another solution!
Use Free Software.
Yes you have to read the license once . Titles from Operating Systems to alternatives of Adobe Flash.

An Example http://tinyurl.com/277d9m9

use Gnu Linux

From the Southern Baptist Geneva
Robert I Masters

>>If you're the one-in-a-million who's always read these licences before clicking the "I've read and agree" button, don't let me seduce you to the evil side. Keep plugging away at them. What a witness in this evil world. I'm sure you sleep better than I.

Was this sarcastic?

>>Was this sarcastic?

Somewhat, but not entirely.

Love,

We all embrace it, wink wink nudge nudge, no One sees, right? And you hope you don't run into "Barney Fife", implying that if you get caught, it's not reasonable you who is at fault but the sadly overzealous law enforcement officer.

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“Daddy, I just saw a sign that said, ‘Speed Limit 30′, so why are you going 34?”

“Well, son, you bring up an excellent point, and I’ve been meaning to teach you some important concepts of rationalization and self-justification that you’ll need when you grow up. You see, it says ‘Speed Limit 30′, but the police officers don’t really ever enforce that. In fact, in most places as long as you’re not over 8 mph over the speed limit you won’t get ticketed — though there are some towns where they’re extra fussy (crazy police) and you need to make sure not to go over at all. I’ll teach you the list of towns around here that you have to watch out for.

“In fact, when you are traveling and you drive through an unfamiliar town and you see a squad car along the road, you don’t know how strict they are going to be in enforcing the speed limit, so I advise always watching for police cars and slowing down to the actual speed limit (or maybe just a couple miles over) while the squad car is in sight.”

This is our Christian witness?

Oh, stop being so applicable.

(smile)

If I have to say "I have read this agreement" then I do. When I was choosing a blogging platform the first one I stumbled onto's license agreement had so many super-long multi-link parts that I ended up choosing a different platform whose the license agreement was a much more readable size. And when I was choosing online tax software there was one company whose license agreement I said, "I have to agree to let you do WHAT with my data?" Or agree that I would never do X Y or Z.

I figure it is not my right to use whatever software I want, but I want to have truth in the inmost parts. It is the same way with copyright law -- I don't think some of the restrictions on orphan works are good, but I'd rather forgo having a ripped copy of my Dad's Breath of Life Spirituals album than break the law. In the end I think it's good discipline for me.

When I buy a house it takes me about an extra two hours at closing, because the expected time the process is supposed to take assumes that everyone will lie and not read the 100 pages of things they have to sign swearing (or affirming) that they read. (At least the signature line doesn't say "I swear *before almighty God*" - if it had that we'd have to cringe EXTRA hard and hesitate an extra few seconds before going on in our falsehood, wouldn't we?)

I also used to break the speed limit all the time, on principle. I still wish that in places they wouldn't stripe the road so that it appears it's made to handle 70mph traffic and then make the speed limit 35... but I submit to it. The hardest part is when someone is behind you and you know they want to speed and want you to speed so that they can speed, and I think, well, what if there's an emergency at their house, or what if they're about to get fired at work if they don't get in on time today? Would love of neighbor demand that I break a lesser law for their sake, even if I then get a ticket? Sometimes I do speed a little when I've unwisely started passing a truck on the Interstate and he's already going almost the speed limit and there is a car behind me. It doesn't seem right to follow the speed limit while blocking my neighbor so long. I'm not sure that I'm right about this, so I try to avoid that situation.

But still, it's such a peaceful way to live.

It does help greatly when the software company puts a "last modified" date on the license. By saving a copy of the license you can then do a quick check to see if it's been updated since you last read it, and often it hasn't so there's no need to read it again. This is the case with the Adobe agreement -- it was most recently changed on 1/8/2010, which lessens the burden significantly as they continue to provide updates.

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