[dba-Tech] Licensing Agreements

Rocky Smolin rockysmolin2 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 13 12:13:09 CDT 2022

You want the software.  You need it to make a living. What diff does it
make what it says?  They are protecting themselves. You don’t need
protection. You just need to use the software. Go about your business and
don’t worry, be happy.

I generated a boiler plate license agreement for my own products. It
releases me from liability but it doesn’t release me from being sued. I
just forge to head, ignored the paranoid voice in the back of my head, and
was happy, not worried.

C The world is full of bullshit. You just walk around the cow patties not
through them and carry-on.

On Thu, Oct 13, 2022 at 6:08 PM Arthur Fuller <fuller.artful at gmail.com>

> Don't get me wrong: I am not the world's greatest fan of Oracle
> Corporation, but once in a while, one must put aside petty quibbles and
> acknowledge when something is done correctly. I'm speaking of Licensing
> Agreements.
> We've all seen them, those screens that pop up during the Installation of
> any piece of software. Typically, you see the first paragraph or two of the
> agreement, accompanied by an option button indicating "I agree", and it's
> all too tempting to simply click and proceed, probably without even
> bothering to read that first paragraph.
> Oracle installations insist that you at least go through the motions of
> having read the agreement. You cannot click "Next" until at the very least,
> you've paged down or scrolled through the entire document. Yes, you can
> still scroll to the end without actually reading it, but at least they
> tried. And I can't think of anything more they could do -- except maybe
> follow this with a test such as, "You claim you've read it, prove it: What
> does paragraph 8.2.1 say?"
> Perhaps we've grown so inured with this process, and tired of knowing that
> the vendor accepts no responsibility or liability, and promises "no
> guarantee that this software is fit for any purpose or usefulness." Wow,
> what a relief.
> Now I realize that nobody except Donald Knuth has ever released a perfect
> piece of software -- and even he, a software God, has updated his TeX
> software. But to baldly state that we guarantee nothing whatsoever? Well,
> that sounds like a smuggler of South and Central American refugees, 100 per
> truckload, asking for $10k and promising nothing, not even water or air
> during the long ride to freedom.
> There ought to be at least a modicum of consumer protection somewhere in
> here. To be sure, I don't write software that even remotely compares in
> complexity to the stuff large companies create, but I do say this to my
> clients: "If you find a bug that impedes your work, I will fix it, free,
> for the lifespan of your use of the software."
> --
> Arthur
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