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I've generally managed to avoid non-free software lately, but the other day I was asked to install the new Adobe reader at work, and (having an attack of morbid curiosity) I decided to read its license. Some of the provisions in there are truly jaw-dropping, at least if you've been away from the Gollum software culture for long enough to forget what it's like on the "other side". Bear in mind that you can download this software for free off Adobe's Web site; nonetheless, you are forbidden to:

...however, if you refrain from doing all that, Adobe will graciously deign to permit you to run its software. Did I mention that all this is for software you can download for free off the Internet?

With every passing day, I become more convinced that Wonko the Sane had the right idea. And just to reinforce that thought, I am not a lawyer and this really, really, really is not legal advice.

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