Read Fine Print Before Signing

As legal counsel, we at Gleam Law do urge all of our clients to always read the fine print before signing. But we also understand the realities and time constraints of life. One such example, the iTunes agreement, is 56 pages!

For those who don’t always choose to spend two thirds of their waking hours reading terms of service, a new website by the name of Terms of Service; Didn’t Read has arrived. This website aims to help users save time while still getting the gist of the agreements.

In an attempt to ascertain the percentage of people who read license agreements in their entirety, PC Pitstop added a clause in one of their end user license agreements [EULAs] offering $1000 to the first person who emailed a certain address. After four months and 3,000 downloads, someone finally claimed the prize. This was in 2005. With the increasing assault of online agreements, it is probable that an even smaller percentage of people are reading these agreements.

A terms of service rating system is a nice idea with an obvious need. The question is, will users even spend the time to check this website before quickly clicking through any online or software agreement?

For your disclaimer, the contents contained in the website(s) listed in this blog post do not contain legal advice and we at Gleam Law recommend that you always read every agreement in it’s entirety. We are happy to read any agreements and explain them to you if necessary.