Posted by: Brian de Alwis | November 12, 2010

The world needs a set of standard website / software agreements

After wading through far too many terms of use, terms of sale, and privacy policies, I’ve come to the conclusion that the world needs a set of standardized service and software agreements.

Does anybody even read through these seemingly-endless pages of bafflegab? I try to skim them, but I often give up after 10 pages or so. And now that I’m trying to define my own terms, where I’ve tried to use clear english, it’s clear that we need to rethink the problem.

Something modelled on the Creative Commons, with its short-form codes like “cc-nc-by“, would be excellent. These codes provide a quick overview with a single glance.

Most companies’ agreements could be represented by something like: nw-nd-in for no-warranty-except-where-we-gotta-by-law, no-disclosure, and you-indemnify-us.

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