Sunday, October 05, 2008

Protection clause for Bloatware/ Malware in Zune!

From the Zune EULA

Potentially Unwanted Software

If you remove or disable "spyware," "adware" and other potentially unwanted software ("potentially unwanted software"), it may cause other software on your computer to stop working, and it may cause you to breach a license to use other software on your computer (such as where the other software installed the potentially unwanted software on your computer as a condition of your use of the other software). By using features of the service intended to help you remove or disable potentially unwanted software, it is possible that you will also remove or disable software that is not potentially unwanted software. If a feature of the service prompts you before removing or disabling potentially unwanted software, you are solely responsible for selecting which potentially unwanted software the service removes or disables. Before authorizing the removal of any potentially unwanted software, you should read the license agreements for the potentially unwanted software.

NOTE: Emphasis added.

I wonder if this means Zune market place can push "unwanted" software as pre-condition to using the Zune software. In which case, customers would be paying to have their music / media held hostage and be forced to accept use of unwanted software. What if this software requires extra payments or is of a thoroughly insidious nature??

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