I wrote about End User License Agreements (EULAs) a while back including the need to read them and the challenge of making sense of them. Recently I was notified of EULAscan, a site where users can contribute their comments about a product's EULA as well as search for information about any product's EULA. The community project is new, and input is welcome. From the about page:
"Have you found something suspicious in a EULA, and want to let others know about it? Add your comments to the site.
Are you about to install a new program, and want to see if that 100 page EULA has something in it that you should be aware of? Search on the product's name, and read what other people have said.
Why do people agree to EULAs without reading them? The two main concerns are comprehension and time. EULAscan hopes to combat that by letting the community work as a whole. Now, one comment can both explain what all that legalese means, and, save others the effort of reading through pages of text."
There are some interesting comments about the Skype EULA and the comment about FriendGreetings' EULA is quite damning. "Agreeing to this EULA means you allow this software to go through your email contacts list and mail your contacts with an ad." Ugh! With that EULA, it's no wonder FriendGreetings is targeted by anti-spyware and anti-virus programs. At any rate, the EULAscan project has the potential to become a great resource.