Seth Wisely said

March 15, 2010

s3fox sports entertaining ToS: no freedom to tinker? Byte me!

Filed under: curiouserly, interweb, Less Insecure — Tags: — Seth Wisely @ 10:16

look at but not modify the source code of the extension.

haha yeah right! That violates my rules which supersede all others: my gear = my way.

But wait it becomes more entertaining

End User is not entitled to any modification of the extension, unless End User has requested to do so by email to and the Author has confirmed in writing its consent thereto. End User acknowledges and agrees that he will abide by the additional Terms of Distribution that the Author imposes in said confirmation.

Sure, I understand dev not wanting distributed versions of user modified extensions, but again my gear = my way.

Since the first ‘line crossing behavior’ of firefox extensions one cannot trust an AMO published extension per se.  It is important that the user understand EVERYTHING the extension does; blind trust is folly.  Should the extension be acting in a way contrary to the interests of the user it behooves one to correct the extension.  The user employs extensions to HIS needs; the user incontestably has LINE ITEM VETO power.

all information provided by End User to Author is and remains true, accurate, current and complete

Nope: mandatory fields encourage fictional responses.

including but not limited to warranties of quality, performance, non-infringement, merchantibility, or fitness for a particular purpose, nor any warranties will come into existence by course of dealing, course of performance, or trade usage.

While discouraging it does exemplify my objection.  “Non-infringement”?  Have you read your own ToS?

Author does not represent or warrant that the Extension or any related services will always be available, accessible, uninterrupted, timely, secure, accurate, complete and error-free.

All the more reason to examine and REPAIR faults in the extension where discovered.  Should I find fault, given this ToS, I am disinclined to share with dev.

Author, in its sole discretion, may modify or discontinue or suspend the ability of End User to use any version of the Extension at any time, without prior notice, with or without cause, with immediate effect and without recourse to the courts.

yeah, I don’t think so.

and will supersede and replace all prior understandings and agreements

No. My rules supersede ALL rules other than the laws of physics or the Law of God.

Should any term or provision hereof be deemed invalid, void or enforceable either in its entirety or in a particular application, the remainder of the Agreement shall nonetheless remain in full force and effect.

That seems reasonable.  I shall void as I please and abide the remainder. does NOT install spyware, adware, malware or any other type of threat to your privacy.

The privacy policy has few statements regarding privacy.  How odd.  The ToS is a threat to liberty… one is left to wonder about privacy.  OBEY THE GIANT S3FOX!!!  No thanks.. I’ll tinker freely.

Seth Wisely said: get a clue; this one is copylefted


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