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Dear Flash user [20 Sep 2005|10:58pm]
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Dear Flash user,

You really shouldn't use Flash, for anything.

There are many good reasons for this, here's just one.

In order for people to appreciate your Flash stuff, they have to have a Flash player. In order for people to have a Flash player, they have two choices. Be a criminal in the eyes of the law, or agree to the licensing terms set by Macromedia.

You should read the relevant licensing terms. Of course nobody actually does read these kinds of things, which is why they end up agreeing to things like this:

b. You agree that Macromedia may audit your use of the Software for compliance with these terms at any time, upon reasonable notice. In the event that such audit reveals any use of the Software by you other than in full compliance with the terms of this Agreement, you shall reimburse Macromedia for all reasonable expenses related to such audit in addition to any other liabilities you may incur as a result of such non-compliance.

Has Macromedia ever actually audited anyone? I don't know. But I'm certainly not going to give them blanket advance permission to do it.

And I definitely wouldn't agree to it without knowing what they mean. Do I have to FedEx them my hard drive? Take down my firewall? Install their keystroke logger? What are they talking about?

I guess people agree to terms like this because they think it's a bluff, and that nothing will ever actually happen. The evolution of the sucker, intelligently designed.

Am I missing something here?

Please stop agreeing to terms like this, so that companies stop writing them; and please stop putting me and other people in a position of having to agree with them.

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