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21 December 2006
High-resolution glimpse of a dystopian future
The PlayStation 3 Go! Sudoku page has something interesting...and evil. It has a click-through agreement to download screenshots. Apparently I can't republish the screenshots once I download them. Well, I can put them on my own PSP and you guys could probably look at the screen while I had one of them displayed without running afoul of this agreement. Seriously, it mentions that I can only keep them on my PSP.

That alone is outrageous, but as you'll see below the actual conditions are the result of a bad double paste (or something) making them a bit more unintelligible than the usual dubious legal agreements.

Not only a click-through agreement for a screenshot, but one that doesn't even form a coherent set of conditions. Brilliant!

But wait, there's more! For the sake of research, I went ahead and agreed to Sony's terms. The pop-up window I get is basically a 404 error, a page which doesn't exist. (It doesn't work at all on Safari, at least when I tested it.) So not only did I agree to some crazy contract, but Sony didn't even live up to their half of the bargain and give me my 1920 x 1080 screenshot of Go! Sudoku for the PlayStation 3. There oughtta be a law...

For your entertainment, here's the click-through agreement in all its glory. Yes, the first paragraph is repeated. All typos, except the crazy double-paste are probably mine (since I can't copy and paste from a Flash applet). I've marked the place where things go bad with a boldfaced [sic].

Please read the below Terms & Conditions

When finished reading and you agree to the terms therein, Click Agree and Download to start downloading this great PlayStation content. If you do not agree click Cancel to return to the previous window.



When finished reading and you agree to the terms therein, Click Agree and Download to start downloading this great PlayStation content. If you do not agree click Cancel to return to the previous window.

The following terms apply if you download content from this website. Content may include game-based graphics, images, film, music, sounds and software. You must follow the directions that appear on the site about how to download. Sony Computer Entertainment America ("SCEA") is not responsible for any loss of data or damage to your software or hardware or other loss or damage caused by failure to follow our directions. SCEA may retrieve information about a user's hardware or software for authentication and to identify the correct directories for deposit of the download. All intellectual property rights in the content available on this site belong to SCEA or its licensors. The content may be copied only for your personal use via your PSP system. The content may not be modified, published, performed or transferred to anyone else (unless otherwise stated on the site) nor used for any commercial purpose. Except to the extent permitted by applicable law, you must not disassemble, de-compile, reverse engineer or otherwise break or attempt to break [sic] the following terms apply if you download content from this website. Content may include game-based graphics, images, film, music, sounds and software. You must follow the directions that appear on the site about how to download. Sony Computer Entertainment America ("SCEA") is not responsible for any loss of data or damage to your software or hardware or other loss or damage caused by failure to follow our directions. SCEA may retrieve information about a user's hardware or software for authentication and to identify the correct directories for deposit of the download. All intellectual property rights in the content available on this site belong to SCEA or its licensors. The content may be copied only for your personal use via your PSP system. The content may not be modified, published, performed or transferred to anyone else (unless otherwise stated on the site) nor used for any commercial purpose. Except to the extent permitted by applicable law, you must not disassemble, de-compile, reverse engineer or otherwise break or attempt to break the law.

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--Matt Matthews at 06:44
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Most of the demos on the psn have multi-page EULAs you have to agree to.

By Blogger Zachary, at 21 December, 2006 13:33  

Bored lawyers are generally a nuisance.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 21 December, 2006 15:07  

zakk: Demos are something that someone one could exploit a bit more. Screenshots are...well...just pictures of a game. They're the currency a company uses (or used, prior to widespread distribution of videos) to buy attention for its product. To restrict it is to restrict free publicity (on blogs, such as this one). Demos could be decompiled, reverse engineered, etc. People could even put them on another medium and try to sell them. That's just not true of a screenshot.

By Blogger jvm, at 21 December, 2006 15:19  

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