“not allowed to produce obscene material which are defined as such by US law”
I yesterday installed the Onenote version I purchased on ebay and think that might have been a mistake, for two reasons.
I want to use it on my tablet but due to some errors with another ebay auction for an office version for this tablet, I installed it on the big computer instead of here. Will be interesting to see whether or not I can use it here as I wanted to. But I digress.
From time to time I do read end user licence agreements, because they are funny. I do this in the knowledge, that not all terms will apply even though I might say yes to them, because it is not effectual with our law. But sometimes Eulas just are plain plain stupid, annoying and dumb. Like this one of the Eula of Onenote and probably the other applications of MS too:
Sie sind nicht berechtigt, mit Hilfe der Medienelemente obszöne oder skandalöse Werke zu erstellen, die zum Zeitpunkt der Erstellung des Werks durch US-Bundesgesetze als solche definiert sind.
Which roughly translated means:
With these media elements, you are not allowed to produce obscene or scandalous work, which are defined as such by US laws at the moment of creation
It does also say “US-Bundesgesetze” which I am not sure if this means general laws in the US or by state basis.
Hello? McFly, someone at home? Feel free to see this as question to Microsoft, the legal team, the team which manages licenses for buying these media elements, the US and the people making those laws, who ever is of the opinion this would be anything somebody would “respect”.
Besides the fact, that I have no clue what the exact laws on this are, I do know, that my view of obscene is definitely different from the U.S. view as in what I do get as reactions from some people. Not all Americans are the same, but there are too many with the wrong attitude. Don’t believe me? Well, you have not gotten hate mail about your obscene published sound files as i have.
We had this discussions over and over again on for example the podcasters mailing list on yahoo and my conclusion was: Americans tend to have a very ‘funny’ sense of what obscene is. Which at first was for me easily to ignore / accepts as just different cultural views and backgrounds.
But the more and more I am reading about this, talking to people sharing those views where I thought they would be more evolved, and seeing examples like the ones in the eula slowly coming into my daily life, I am getting more and more worried. It started with small things and it is getting bigger.
I have been reading the blogosphere now for roughly 3 years, especially US blogs which I have not read before. And even in those three years I can see a steady decline in tolerance and an increase in “moral values”. I have said it before and I will say it again: The arabic world has been the reason why medieval Europe got science and other knowledge and they have declined into a dark medieval state we see today.
If you think about it, where is the general difference between forced school prayers and schools driven by mullahs? Where is the difference between “an outrage about obscene nipplegate” and forcing women into burkas so they do not show themselves to male eyes?
Would America in general vote for a person as president who does not go to church every week? Who has had an divorce? Who stated, that (s)he is an atheist of an agnostic?
Think about it for a minute. The differences are not as big as you would like them to be.
I watched the last election of the US president live (german television was reporting the whole night with features, live comments and so on) and one quote from somebody I think in Ohio stuck with me: “Yeah .. I lost my job and we have no jobs here because of the republicans .. everything is bad and the republicans are the reasons for it. So you will vote for Kerry? Yes, it would probably help to vote democrat for this, but no, because he is for gay marriage!”
They meant it. And other than arabic countries, that country has dollars, atomic bombs and highly trained military. It already has started a war in a country with a lie as a reason. It has not only a president, but also many followers, who states that the powers of this country are to be used to protect it not only of existing threats but also of possible threats to the US in the future. What is next on the list?
Well, I am living in Europe, which to some US citizens is like Sodom and Gomorrah. And we do speak English and we are capable of sending our messages / images / sounds through the internet. Are we next?
And before you say nonsense to me, think about it for a minute again. And perhaps more than just a minute.
Next elections are 2008 in America. It takes some time to reach people, so the time to start working on it is now. I am not sure if that is enough of a change to get them back on track to a democratic, tolerating society, but I have to hope for it.
And for people on the other side of the pond, there are elections as well for people in power.