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Spyware - The Cover Story
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Wed, Feb. 23rd, 2005 03:27 pm
Spyware

So companies have started sending Cease and Desist letters to other companies that classify their products as spyware. I noticed that, at least in this particular case, the justification (legally) seems to be:

As we all know, Spyware is a phrase within the public conscience that has a specific meaning. A classification of Spyware is usually reserved for those programs that not only have the ability to scan an end- user's computer, but also seek to remain unnoticed or hidden, and also seek to gather personal information such as passwords, account numbers, etc. of the end-user. iSearch does not fit this profile.

In my experience (i.e., in academics), the phrase "as we all know" translates directly to "I wish it were that case that". Is this one of those phrases that means something subtly but critically different legally than one might imagine?


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mikecap
mikecap
Mike Caprio
Wed, Feb. 23rd, 2005 08:45 pm (UTC)

I'm all for calling it "unsolicited malware" or "unsolicited adware". :)

I also like that they can't find enough grammar within themselves to use the word "consciousness".


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pezzonovante
pezzonovante
pezzonovante
Wed, Feb. 23rd, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)

Is this one of those phrases that means something subtly but critically different legally than one might imagine?
Nope. It's a BS phrase in law, too. But occasionally its used to trick someone into admitting something they dont want to admit to.


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