End User License Agreements, or EULAs are contracts that a user would have to agree to before that person uses a particular product (normally some sort of software).
Some EULAs for certain Open Source software products, and smaller time vendors can be small and simple, but many EULAs are either:
- Too long for it to be worth it for the average customer to read
- Too complicated for the average customer to be able to understand
If everyone read the entirety of every EULA they've come across they'd end up spending hundreds of hours just reading EULAs.
As a consequence of this, a vast majority of users agree to the EULA without reading it.
Even if a customer has troubles with the agreement, they're not an equal party, as they aren't in a position where they can negotiate the agreement.
You either "agree" to the terms of the EULA, or you go without the software.
Is there any existing or pending legislation, or is there any notable private initiative, to cause EULAs to be more manageable for the consumer?