Quote of the Day Again

On Wednesday, June 26, 2002, I again made "quote of the day" on Elliotte Rusty Harold's Cafe au Lait website. A screenshot of my quote is below. If you like, you can view an archive of all 2002 quotes. You can also read my previous quote of the day, for Wednesday, May 15, 2002.

Quote of the Day, Café au Lait website, June 26, 2002

Following is my quote in text form:

Why does no one care about licensing agreements? Because for the most part there's no enforcement. It's much the same reason many people used to ignore the old 55-mile/hour speed-limit. What do I care what I agree to in a click-through agreement when I've never, ever experienced such an agreement being enforced. Now I'm not saying that I shouldn't care, it's just that I understand to some extent why people generally don't. As companies (notably Microsoft) begin enforcing and policing these agreements against consumers, then you'll see people suddenly care. Bottom-line, consumers will put their energies into eliminating roadblocks to whatever it is they really want to do. When code-bloat and license agreements become roadblocks, that's when people will care.

--Jonathan Gennick on the Computer Book Publishing mailing list, Tue, 25 Jun 2002