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End-User License Agreements (EULAs)

End-User License Agreements (EULAs) are contracts which are agreed to before or after installation of many commercial software packages. Although the EULAs for shrink-wrapped software can not be read before opening the package they have been upheld as binding contracts in federal court.

Some features of software covered by Microsoft®'s EULA (Windows XP):

For comparison, here are some features of the GPL, the most common license of free and [open source] software:

(Lists originally published by this article in reference to a study comparing the Windows XP EULA to the GPL.)
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