Naga Chokkanathan

Why Not? — A License Agreement With Life

Posted on: March 25, 2011

Four years back, Eugene Blanchard wrote a text book with a not-so-interesting title “Introduction to Data Communications”. I am not sure how this book benefited the intended students, But recently it has become very famous among internet discussions, social network messages and blogs.

Reason? It’s License Agreement!

Usually we don’t read license agreements in full (unless and until you are a corporate lawyer). It doesn’t matter whether we buy a house, or a $0.99 software. License agreements are necessary evil, which most of us don’t understand. Just move to the end and click the “Accept” Button, or sign on the document and we are done!

But Eugene Blanchard’s book is different. It has a very interesting license agreement:

You are allowed to use this book, view it, modify it without permission of the author, provided that you:

 

  • Will try to be a better person today than yesterday
  • Will exercise your body as well as your mind
  • Will tell the persons dear to you that you love them
  • Will defend the rights of those who are unable to defend themselves
  • Will not hurt your family members emotionally or physically
  • Will respect your elders and care for them in time of need
  • Will respect the rights of others in their religious beliefs
  • Will respect the rights of others in their sexual orientation
  • Will act honorably in all aspects of your personal and business life
  • Will consider your family as the first and foremost most important thing in your life.
  • Will admit when you make a mistake, and make amends

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N. Chokkan …

25 03 2011

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