A few days ago I was going to download a trial of Adobe Elements and had time to read the fine print. Prior to downloading I read that by downloading software from Adobe I agreed to the T&C of Akamai Technologies. The following is a copy of the pertinent agreement:
The Akamai NetSession Interface is secure client-side networking technology for delivery of software and media, improving the speed, reliability, and efficiency of content downloaded from the Web. The Akamai NetSession Interface connects your machine and other end user machines and uses those machines' capacity to help speed delivery.
End users of the Akamai NetSession Interface will find that the client:
Speeds up downloads
Is a secure data networking component with no adware or spyware
Is a key networking library powering many of your favorite online applications
Runs in the background with negligible use of PC resources or upload bandwidth
The Akamai NetSession Interface accomplishes this by coordinating all caches of content on the Akamai network, including caches on end user machines as well as web servers and other sources. In order to speed the download process, the Akamai NetSession Interface:
connects end user machines to use multiple sources of data;
Looks for faster/nearer sources of a file;
Routes your download around network congestion and traffic spikes.
It doesn't take a dummy to understand that this is Akamai establishing my computer as a Torrent seed on behalf of Adobe and Akamai. I had no way to opt out of this if I wanted Adobe software. For those on measured service you end up paying for Adobe and Akamai to distribute their software to everyone else on the planet.
The devil is in the details.
I know, welcome to the world of big business and computing.
(Moderator edit: moved topic to more appropriate forum and clarified Topic Description. jgw)
Edited by jgweed, 03 December 2010 - 09:04 PM.