A European Commission software, which tries to steal user's rights?

Daniel Pocock daniel at pocock.pro
Tue May 24 17:10:25 UTC 2016

On 19/05/16 21:49, Jann Eike KRUSE wrote:
> Hi all!
> This is a message to the legal experts on this list:
> I find the EULA of the "Electronic Exchange System" (EES) rather
> nasty: [1]
> --- QUOTE: --- Without prejudice to the rights of users under the
> legislation relating to the protection of computer programs (which
> cannot be contractually denied), users may not in any way: (a)
> modify, translate or adapt the EES; (b) decompile or disassemble
> the EES; (c) copy the EES (or parts of it); (d) pass on, dispose
> of, grant as a sub-licence, lease, lend or distribute EES or EES
> documentation to third parties; (e) create any product or service
> substantially similar to EES; or (f) copy any ideas,
> characteristics or functions of EES.

You just violated that by copying their license text into this email

I think I violated it too by quoting your email in the reply

> --- END QUOTE ---
> Point (c) is just a bit funny, because I just copied part of the
> EEC onto my computer screen by using it... ;)
> But really parts (e) and (f) are alarming. :-(
> It seems to me, that the Commission is actively supporting the
> concept of software patents. This reminds me of the Adobe EULA
> problem: 
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnash_%28software%29#Adobe_Flash_Player_End-User_License_Agreement
>  And then the EC tries to protect the validity of the EULA by
> adding "Without prejudice to the rights of users..."
> Any ideas what can be done about this? Are there activities
> regarding such? Comments?
> Greetings, Jann
> [1] 
> http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/api/authentication/termsandconditions.html
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