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Text that is used over and over with very little or no change. For example, boilerplate is essential in the legal profession as pre-written paragraphs are often combined to create agreements. It is also essential for canned responses in tech support and is a feature of many email programs. Also called "stationery" and "templates," email boilerplate enables a message with the same subject and body text to reply to different recipients. Unfortunately, the boilerplate feature is not always available, especially in Web-based email, requiring several extra steps to accomplish the task. See boilerplate code and email signature.

AUTO-TYPIST (1940s to 1970s)
Like a player piano, it read canned text as hole patterns on pre-punched rolls. As the roll unwound, the holes directed negative pressure through hoses connected to a tiny bellows on each key, snapping it down. (Image courtesy of TMC/Compco, Inc.)

Create the Boilerplate
Typing on this AUTO-TYPIST perforator recorded the text by punching holes in the rolls. (Image courtesy of TMC/Compco, Inc.)

"The Ultimate in Automatic Typing"
From the 1940s up until the mid-1970s, AUTO-TYPIST machines from the American Automatic Typewriter Company provided reliable document processing. (Image courtesy of TMC/Compco, Inc.)
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Let us begin by assuming that the rights that boilerplates delete are important.
17) If, in fact, the rights that boilerplates delete are pricey, many people would be happy to buy products and services stripped of the baseline entitlements the law provides, so long as they are rewarded with a significant price discount.
21) Autonomists have yet to reconcile their concern for degradation with the consistently high satisfaction scores, and product loyalty patterns, among the recipients of boilerplates like the ones attached to the iPhone.
Because of their mass-market character, boilerplates are deleting entire legislative schemes that are "properly 'public' (placed in the care of the polity, for the benefit of the polity as a whole)" (p.
28) The legal rights that boilerplates delete, if mandated, would disproportionately benefit the elite.
Many of those adopting this perspective, and Radin prominently among them, are critical of boilerplate and find the process, as well as its consequences, intolerable.
specifically for each supplier, the boilerplate can be a significant
While each OEM has its own boilerplate, there is surprisingly
power would be used to dictate low prices, not selfish boilerplate.
We do not claim that the boilerplate terms are the cause of the
Another notable feature of these boilerplate forms is their
Since boilerplate terms have to deal with many different types of