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10-25-2010 @ 7:04AM
I was the same way with EULAs and click-throughs... until I wrote a paper on Copyright for one of my undergrad classes a while ago. Ever since then, I read everything. It surprises a lot of people when you actually read the thing you are going to sign. Although largely uneventful, you do uncover some interesting things.Once I was buying a new car and the dealer had the make and model with the color and interior I wanted driven up to the lot. When I was reviewing the contract I found it was for a used car, not a new one. Apparently the distance the car had to travel caused it to no longer be new under my state's car dealer responsibility laws.Once I was making some investments and found a typo in the fund contracts - much to the chagrin of the advisor I was working with. He said that about 5,000 people had signed that same contract without noticing that.Once my employer was late in renewing me on payroll due to budget issues, however due to the union contract laws I was able to have them disburse to me 'emergency funds' after a certain period after which they would be liable for prosecution under my state's law for breach of contract due to negligent nonpayment. I was being payed through public funds at that time, so the rules were very, very strict.
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