Gaming Companies Offended for “P2P Bandwidth Slaves”Added: Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
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Last week the news were brought up to the surface where many gaming companies were accused of using P2P to make their users distribute content without their knowledge and were called to more transparency. Now, one of the major gaming companies is ready to respond the accusations: Akamai argue that their users are not P2P bandwidth slaves, they are well-informed of everything that’s going on because they read the EULA.
The matter was that the growing use of stealth P2P applications intended for game delivery was seen, so the companies designing the games were asked to provide more transparency to players demanded to install this P2P client when downloading games and updating it. In particular, the complaints from Akamai NetSession Interface (NSI) users were received.
The company responded quickly, saying that the news contained some “inaccuracies.” Although the journalists always welcome another opinion, this one looks a little one-sided. What Akamai say is that they have had a user bill of rights published on their site for a long time now. Their EULA doesn’t conceal the fact that the software in question runs at the background, the same as their technical info posted online say. The company also claims their software is clearly visible in the normal places a system service is expected to be managed.
That’s all good for the company, but the only trouble is that this fact of possible knowledge doesn’t solve the problem of frustration lots of users express. Of course, they don’t appreciate that some P2P software they don’t want is installed on their computers. Although Akamai doesn’t make this fact secret, their users are still largely unaware of it just because they don’t carefully read every EULA. Do you?
In addition, only the fact of the client’s existence is revealed in the EULA, but not the data on to how and where it works on user’s operational system. EULA also doesn’t provide the information about the implications of continuously running software on the system conveyed.
Meanwhile, it’s apparent from the online resources that the gaming companies have been aware that many users are upset by their tactics, but did nothing to change it. In fact, there are no valid technical reasons preventing them from switching such service activities to a real-time and accessible view, explaining its impact on consumers’ resources. That’s what brings public to a conclusion that these companies are most concerned with their self-interests.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article
September 23rd, 2010Posted by:
Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
|Nice read SaM, thanks.|
|What the first article stated was this software was and is being installed and NOT mentioned in the EULA. AKAMAI seems the only one to ave responded to this.|
They state the software agreement is in the EULA if the user takes the freaking time to read it about a few thousand word long minimum and stuck in a little two inch size box. This box is deliberately set so you can not full screen it ( WHY NOT? ) and read it faster and allot more easy?
How many times have you went and installed software and this dinky little box pops up asking either you agree and not agree to the terms?
Yet they require you to read it in a size restricted format?
This is done on purpose because given human nature we won't sit there trying to read everything full of Lawyer Talk and BS.; most time we cross our finger and agree. Then the software company scream; BUT YOU AGREED.. Yet if you don't agree the software doesn't install and most times aborts. So what? You try to take it back to the store? Yea I know what happens when you do that. Refund? Yea when Hell freezes over..
The simple way to fix things is if you agree then another box will open and ask you do you want to install this type of "monitoring , P2P, what ever software?
This software will always run even when you are not running the game or application..
As for me I set my firewall and anit-malware to let me know everything and I catch this crap software and kill it.
The other bad thing about allot of this software is they are "rootkits" and to really get rid of that crap is do a total system wipe and clean install; this is too much for playing a stupid game..
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