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Re: Bug#689095: Forces user to agree to terms of usage before running

On Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 5:50 AM, Leo 'costela' Antunes
<costela@debian.org> wrote:

> In the version of the transmission bittorrent client in wheezy there is
> a disclaimer popup displayed on the first run, basically telling the
> user "your responsibility", but with an "agree" button which may make it
> look more like an additional license.

For the record, this is the string that is printed when you start it
for the first time:

Transmission is a file-sharing program. When you run a torrent, its
data will be made available to others by means of upload. You and you
alone are fully responsible for exercising proper judgement and
abiding by your local laws.

Quit | I Agree

That appears to be a statement of reality, so the buttons should read
this instead:

I am not part of reality | Yes, that is the sad reality :(

> 1) does this qualify as breaking point 7 of the DFSG? (or, in fact, any
> other point I may have overlooked). If yes, would renaming the button to
> something like "I understand" improve the situation?

I'm not sure but I don't think so.

Personally I would suggest removing both buttons and adding a 'Close'
button. Inform the user, leave it up to them to obey local laws or not
as they desire.

> 2) upstream probably does this to try and shift liability. Obviously
> IANAL, but does this even make sense? Do we have any precedence to
> convince upstream to drop this annoyance on the grounds that it's
> useless? (and here I'm hoping it *is* useless)
> 3) this may be a question for -devel, but do we have a public stand on
> click-through disclaimers or even EULAs? Somewhere we could point
> upstream for the pros/cons/consequences of such things?

I guess these would require legal advice from SPI (contact the DPL for
that), unless someone on this list is aware of some precedent.



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