NCC says over 50 per cent of licenses have confusing jargon and hidden agreements

Software licence agreements attacked

A survey by the National Consumer Council has claimed that the majority of software licensing agreements contain confusing jargon that is unfairly biased toward the vendor, ZDnet reports.

In addition, it claimed that most companies make no mention on their packaging that the user must accept a licence agreement before the software can be installed.

Common agreement terms that angered the NCC included immediate contract termination clauses, limitations on the transference of consumer rights and obscure references to foreign legislation.

Amongst the software included in the survey was the likes of Adobe Photoshop CS2, Apple iLife 06, GSP AA Route Planner and Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac.

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