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Do you read the EULA* that comes with your software?

The following was part of a EULA on an Avery Labels app – this free software customized labels for a printer using both graphics and text. That is all it was for and all it did. So…why for did they feel the need to add this last item?

5. HIGH RISK ACTIVITIES: The Software is not fault-tolerant and is not designed, manufactured, or intended for use or resale as on-line control equipment in hazardous environments requiring fail safe performance, such as in the operation of nuclear facilities, aircraft navigation or communication systems, air traffic control, direct life-support machines, or weapons systems, in which the failure of the Software could lead directly to death, personal injury, or severe physical or environmental damage (“High Risk Activities”). Avery and its suppliers specifically disclaim any express or implied warranty of fitness for High Risk Activities.

Um, yeah. My first choice for High Risk Activities is a program that formats labels on printer paper designed for address labels, business cards, and Christmas cards. Right. I do draw the line on the life-support machines and Air Traffic Control though. Avery specifically excludes such things in their warranty (express or implied).

No problem.

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