We all know that today’s software license agreement is a joke. It’s usually a dozen pages of legaleze that nobody reads and everyone just clicks “Accept” in order to run the software. The company could be demanding our first born, but we’d be none the wiser.
Turns out that End User License Agreements have been around for a long time. Here is a “License Agreement” drafted by Thomas Edison for his National Phonograph Company. Not only does it restrict the product’s use and resale, it also establishes a floor for the market price. Edison was truly a man before his time.
Article published on January 15, 2009
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