Google is barring anyone deemed worthy of a pair of its $1,500 Google Glass computer eyewear from selling or even loaning out the highly coveted gadget.
The company’s terms of service on the limited-edition wearable computer specifically states, “you may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person. If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your Google Glass to any other person without Google’s authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty.”
This new policy, in which the companies are retaining the control over their products after they have sold it to the consumers, is really ridiculous. But it was bound to happen. Strange as it may sound, you don’t actually own much of the software you buy today. You essentially rent it under strict end-user agreements that have withstood judicial scrutiny. Google Glass appears to be among the first to apply such draconian rules to consumer electronics.
Before it is even officially launched, Google Glass is facing a great amount of criticism. Most needs to be blamed to the bureaucratic way of working of Google. Lets just hope that everything is fixed soon and Google starts to focus on the customers again.
Source: Dispelling the Myths