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Selling your Soul
For the love of ?
$elling our $ouls
In 2010 High Street retailer Game Station revealed that, thanks to an ‘Immortal Soul’ clause it had secretly added to its online terms and conditions, the store ‘legally owned’ the souls of thousands of customers, thus demonstrating how few people (12% in this instance) actually read online T&Cs before agreeing to them.
The easiest way to ensure that you, your business and your software are protected is to ensure robust terms and conditions of use are agreed to by the end user before the software is purchased and installed. These terms are often referred to as an End User Licence Agreement or "EULA" and will form the basis of the contract between you (the "licensor") and the party purchasing the right to use the software (the "licensee").
Increasingly, the most common way of ensuring this is by way of a 'click-wrap' licence where the EULA is presented to the user electronically during the software installation process and installation is conditional on the user positively clicking a button or ticking a box to confirm their acceptance to the terms. This should then ensure that the end user is limited as to how, where and when they can use the software and you, your business and the software have protection in place in relation to exposure to liability and security of the software
If you own or control software and you are granting any rights in it to a third party, whether it be to an individual or a business, and you do not have effective licence terms in place, you and your business are likely to be exposed to unlimited liability in the event anything goes wrong. bit of information and wanted to share it with you,
This is from a law firm group in the United Kingdom named, Lee & Priestley LLP.
Now whether or not this is a real event or a hoax, it has stimulated my interest about selling our souls and other follies. Here is a prime example from the Bible.
Genesis 25:29-33(NIV 1984) 29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom. 31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.” 32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?” 33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
There is a lot to be said about musicians and their music, with reference to selling ones soul to the devil.
One such musician, a bluesman, Robert Johnson is said to have sold his soul for the benefit of avoiding a life of misery as a sharecropper. I found an excerpt in a book called
“The Bluesman the Musical Heritage of Black Men and Women in the Americas” byJulio Finn in this book it speaks of meeting the devil at a crossroads.Here is what it says
"If you want to learn how to make songs yourself, you take your guitar and your go to where the road crosses that way, where a crossroads is.
Get there be sure to get there just a little ' fore 12 that night so you know you'll be there. You have your guitar and be playing a piece there by yourself…A big black man will walk up there and take your guitar and he'll tune it. And then he'll play a piece and hand it back to you. That's the way I learned to play anything I want."
Tommy Johnson, another bluesman, unrelated to Robert
Another interesting person in the music profession is Katy Perry, with a similar story of selling a soul to the devil, whether joking or not Katy Perry was brought up in a Christian home. The daughter of ministers, she sang gospel in her teens and then…On YouTube I found a confession alluding to her selling her soul to the devil. This is alleged to be a joke. When things seem so harsh in life and we don’t get what we want in our own time, should we run to the devil?
It’s sad that even we could joke about selling our souls. The devil, Satan has current dominion over this world. We, humans and namely Adam and Eve gave up this dominion when they rebelled against God. So when we invoke the name of Satan, how could we expect God to take us home? There is trouble in all things that we do for the benefit of ourselves only.
Even amongst Christians, I have seen the infighting, the cliques and the competitions; these are not born of God, but of man and ultimately the great deceiver, Satan. One person mistreats another because of a misunderstanding or expectancies we impose on the other party are just a couple examples of Satan working us. Denominations of Christianity are another one of Satan’s wedges. Their were differences of opinion even after Christ’s resurrection, but generally speaking there was not differing denominations, there were only followers of the “Way”
Before we add our name to any list, group, sign any contracts etc. let’s be sure to test what is said by reading the writing and questioning the authority of any person, documents and contracts by God’s rule.