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Terms and Conditions - a legal thriller! #144

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greg-kennedy opened this Issue Nov 6, 2015 · 5 comments

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greg-kennedy commented Nov 6, 2015

CODE: https://github.com/greg-kennedy/TermsAndConditions
SAMPLE: https://github.com/greg-kennedy/TermsAndConditions/blob/master/SAMPLE.md

I spent a day taking a break from my main entry to knock out this one. Inspired by the "TPP as Found Art" issue here: #136

I wrote a Perl script to parse Terms and Conditions / EULA from various major software vendors, then recombine them with Markov chains. The end result is a bunch of legalese formatted as a real ToS, complete with sign and date line. I think the Markdown formatting is what sets it apart from just spewing re-sentences around: it's amazing what some ALLCAPS and numbered lists can do for your otherwise boring document. Also, it tries to replace the company names with COMPANY_NAME, and later re-replace it with Cyberdyne Systems, so it seems more coherent.

Wish the corpus was bigger, though. I think a warning label from some popular prescription drug would spice it up.

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There are a large number of open source licenses floating around, if you
need more legalese to feed in. Here's a list:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_free_and_open-source_software_licenses

I did a cursory search to see if anybody has collected an archive of EULAs
for various products, but didn't see any.

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CODE: https://github.com/greg-kennedy/TermsAndConditions
SAMPLE:
https://github.com/greg-kennedy/TermsAndConditions/blob/master/SAMPLE.md

I spent a day taking a break from my main entry to knock out this one.
Inspired by the "TPP as Found Art" issue here: #136
#136

I wrote a Perl script to parse Terms and Conditions / EULA from various
major software vendors, then recombine them with Markov chains. The end
result is a bunch of legalese formatted as a real ToS, complete with sign
and date line. I think the Markdown formatting is what sets it apart from
just spewing re-sentences around: it's amazing what some ALLCAPS and
numbered lists can do for your otherwise boring document.

Wish the corpus was bigger, though. I think a warning label from some
popular prescription drug would spice it up.


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#144.

enkiv2 commented Nov 6, 2015

There are a large number of open source licenses floating around, if you
need more legalese to feed in. Here's a list:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_free_and_open-source_software_licenses

I did a cursory search to see if anybody has collected an archive of EULAs
for various products, but didn't see any.

On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 12:46 PM Greg Kennedy notifications@github.com
wrote:

CODE: https://github.com/greg-kennedy/TermsAndConditions
SAMPLE:
https://github.com/greg-kennedy/TermsAndConditions/blob/master/SAMPLE.md

I spent a day taking a break from my main entry to knock out this one.
Inspired by the "TPP as Found Art" issue here: #136
#136

I wrote a Perl script to parse Terms and Conditions / EULA from various
major software vendors, then recombine them with Markov chains. The end
result is a bunch of legalese formatted as a real ToS, complete with sign
and date line. I think the Markdown formatting is what sets it apart from
just spewing re-sentences around: it's amazing what some ALLCAPS and
numbered lists can do for your otherwise boring document.

Wish the corpus was bigger, though. I think a warning label from some
popular prescription drug would spice it up.


Reply to this email directly or view it on GitHub
#144.

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Put EULA in the search box here and you get a fair few results:

http://textfiles.com/directory.html

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hugovk commented Nov 6, 2015

Put EULA in the search box here and you get a fair few results:

http://textfiles.com/directory.html

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Please review these policies which are designed to protect against fraud and enforcing this agreement.

Huh? These policies are designed to protect against ... enforcing this agreement? :)

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hugovk commented Nov 6, 2015

Please review these policies which are designed to protect against fraud and enforcing this agreement.

Huh? These policies are designed to protect against ... enforcing this agreement? :)

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nadavoosh Nov 7, 2015

This is awesome! Conceptually similar to http://itunestandc.tumblr.com

nadavoosh commented Nov 7, 2015

This is awesome! Conceptually similar to http://itunestandc.tumblr.com

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aeschright Nov 8, 2015

Nice! I've been playing with a similar idea at https://twitter.com/licensemee

aeschright commented Nov 8, 2015

Nice! I've been playing with a similar idea at https://twitter.com/licensemee

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