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clickwrap

The on-screen end user license agreement (see EULA) that is part of the installation of software downloaded to a computer. The term was coined as a replacement for "shrinkwrap." Before applications were routinely downloaded, a written license agreement was included inside or printed on the outside of the box the software came in. It stipulated that opening the box (removing the shrinkwrap) or opening a separate shrinkwrapped set of discs was explicit acceptance of the agreement.

There have been several court cases involving the clickwrapped license, and outcomes have favored both the software publisher and the customer.
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70) Since fair use is the objective of Congress that is most frequently cited as being blocked by shrinkwrap and clickwrap agreements, the following discussion focuses upon this limitation.
97) In the end, the only remaining purposes for creating shrinkwrap and clickwrap agreements arguably could be to disclaim warranties and to limit liability for breach of warranty, thereby calling into question the efficacy of passing legislation as extensive as UCITA.
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Although shrinkwrap and clickwrap agreements may serve some limited purposes beyond placing limits on the reproduction and use of software, those purposes are either questionable or may be accomplished without passing extensive legislation.
Shrinkwrap and clickwrap agreements increasingly are being deemed enforceable, and UCITA stands ready to lend further support to that movement.
Software agreements that appear on the packaging containing the installation CD or diskettes are called shrinkwrap agreements; software agreements that appear on screen prior to downloading software from the internet or prior to installation of the software are called clickwrap agreements.