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License Agreements Before Acquisition

May 19, 2009, 21:02 (0 Talkback[s])

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"The approach is a cross between an Online agreement where you must accept a license before downloading an item, and pop-up agreements that appear when installing a particular piece of software...Sun Java for example.

"We call this trial approach "License Agreements Before Acquisition". It works by allowing end users to accept license agreements for contained software prior to obtaining an installation CD or DVD. The media also contains the appropriate license information, and labeling is added to remind the owner, and inform any unknowing 3rd party would-be recipients of the software, of the license agreements under which the software may be used and distributed. (see the example picture below)

"For the end user it means they could get a more complete product, while at the same time being more aware of licensing restrictions on the software they use on a daily basis. Idealistically, this approach could help guide more people to support open alternatives."

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