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Marketeers of poor products and their lawyers love this phrase. It allows them to

  1. threaten their customers with all manner of sanctions, legal actions and related dire consequences;
  2. whilst disclaiming all responisibility for anything whatsoever;

without having to bother with minor inconsequentialities--like whether what they are threatening/disclaiming is actually legal; anywhere.

On it's own, this is powerful enough to dissuade a very large proportion of the mugs customers that buy their products from ever complaining or otherwise seeking recompense. When combined with a couple of their other favorites--footnotes and small print--it becomes a hugely profitable, secondary marketing tool.

THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE REGENTS AND CONTRIBUTORS ``AS IS'' AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE REGENTS OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

Any customer using this software in a way that renders it capable of resulting in a claim for liability against the reagents is in breach of these terms and conditions(*). Under these circumstances the customer agrees(*) to indemnify the reagents against all such claims, to the order of double all liabilities and torts judged against the reagents; plus all legal and other ancilliary costs(*).

(*)Void where prohibited.

:)


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In reply to Re^3: "Void where prohibited"? by BrowserUk
in thread "Void where prohibited"? by blazar

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