Reverse Engineering Clauses in Current Shrinkwrap and Clickwrap Contracts

Relevant Sites on Reverse Engineering

  • Cem Kaner's Article 2B and Reverse Engineering

    From Kyushu Matsushita Electric Co, Ltd's "KX-P7500/KX-P7510 End-User License Agreement"
    URL: Found by Vergil Bushnell on March 14, 2001

    You may not reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the SOFTWARE, except that in European Union and European Free Trade Association, you may have the limited right to reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the SOFTWARE solely to the extent specifically permitted by the terms and conditions of Article 6 of the European Community's Directive for the Legal Protection of Computer Programs, OJL 122/42 (17 May 1991).

    From Quaalcomm's "Eudora Version 4.3 Software License Agreement"
    URL: Found by Vergil Bushnell at 5:36 PM, Feb. 29, 2000

    Qualcomm retains all right, title, and interest in and to the Software, and any rights not granted to you herein are reserved by Qualcomm. You may not reverse engineer, disassemble, decompile, or translate the Software, or otherwise attempt to derive the source code of the Software, except to the extent allowed under any applicable law. If applicable law permits such activities, any information so discovered must be promptly disclosed to Qualcomm and shall be deemed to be the confidential proprietary information of Qualcomm.

    From Fraunhofer Institut Integrierte Schaltungen's "IIS WinPlay3 v2.3b5 Software Product License Agreement"
    Downloaded from: Found by Vergil Bushnell at 6:30 PM, Feb. 29, 2000

    You may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the WinPlay3 software product, except and only to the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law notwithstanding this limitation.

    From Adobe's "Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Tryout for Windows" "License Agreement"
    Adobe Photoshop 5.5 Tryout can be downloaded from, Found by Vergil Bushnell at 6:58 PM, Feb. 29, 2000.

    The Software and any copies that you make are owned by Adobe and its suppliers, and its structure, organization and code are the valuable trade secrets of Adobe and its suppliers. The Software is also protected by United States Copyright Law and International Treaty provisions. You must treat the Software just as you would any other copyrighted material, such as a book. You may not copy the Software, except as set forth in the "Use of the Software" section. Any copies that you are permitted to make pursuant to this Agreement must contain the same copyright and other proprietary notices that appear on or in the Software. Except for font software converted to other formats as permitted in section 1.6.4, you agree not to modify, adapt or translate the Software. You also agree not to reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or otherwise attempt to discover the source code of the Software.

    From ICQ version 99 beta "License Agreement" dated August 10, 1999
    This version of ICQ can be downloaded free at various FTP sites. Found by Vergil Bushnell at 7:10 PM, Feb. 29, 2000

    You agree not to extract information from the ICQ directories and databases, reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble, alter, duplicate, make copies, create derivative works from, distribute or provide others with the ICQ software, the ICQ communications protocol or any information available on, derived or extracted from the ICQ directories and databases or any part thereof.

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