Tuesday, January 13, 2009

EULA - End User License Agreement. Edison invented that, too


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Originally uploaded by fouro
Read the EULA. (flickr) Tom didn't just want to protect his IP, he wanted to set market price-floors, too. The rascal.
Patented in Great Britain, Germany, France and other Countries. This record is sold upon the condition that it shall not be re-sold to or by any unauthorized dealer or used for duplication, and that it shall not be sold, or offered for sale, by the original, or any subsequent purchaser (except by authorized jobber or factor to an authorized retail dealer) for less than 35 cents in the United States, nor in other countries for less than the price given in the current Edison catalogues of the country in which it is sold. Upon any breach of this condition, the license to use and vend this record, implied from such sale, immediately terminates.

2 Comments:

At 1/15/2009 6:15 PM, Anonymous Richard Stallman said...

Using the term "IP" -- even if it is meant ironically, as might
perhaps be the case here -- encourages framing whatever issue it is
applied to in a way that tends to legitimize practices such as this
EULA. If the term had existed then, Edison would surely have used it.

The term also confuses various laws, which are more different than
similar, which impedes clear thinking about any of them. So it
spreads confusion every time it is used, even ironically or
critically. To resist this effec, you can join me and **never use**
the term.

See http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/not-ipr.html.

 
At 2/03/2009 12:32 AM, Blogger fouro said...

Richard, the whole post is a steaming pile of irony.

"Iconic Inventor" Edison was more promoter and patent squatter than workbench hound--his botys did the thinking and innovating.

I'll leave the rest of the irony as read, assuming it's clear to most.

 

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