Pirating (Useless. Was: [RC5] Win32: feature creep
wshull at scicom.com
Tue Nov 25 20:06:17 EST 1997
On Thursday, November 27, 1997 7:26 PM, John Ragland
[SMTP:tachyon at icom.net] wrote:
> > Thanks. I really appreciate all you've done to decrease the
> > of my life. Perhaps while you're at it, you could steal my car and
> > kill my family. I was kind of used to having quality
> > of them.
> If I agree to your request that makes a contract and you are legally
> required to obey it.
Er, not quite, or at least by US law (I'd be interested in hearing if this
works differently in other countries). For it to be a legally binding
contract, it must involve some exchange of 'consideration'. This case
would not be a contract, since Eric is not providing any consideration in
return for the service you are providing him with (stealing his car and
killing his family); in this case, you (John) are actually just providing
Eric with a gift of services.
Cases where someone sues someone else for going back on their promise to
give something always fail, because it's not a contract--there is no
consideration received in return. For once, reason triumphs over greed...
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