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Amazon Has Disclaimers About the Zombie Apocalypse in its Terms of Service

Always be prepared.

Who reads every tiresome endless paragraph in an online term of service, anyway? Most people I know just scroll through the dozens of pages and click “agree” before they lose interest in whatever app they are downloading. But imagine the kinds of things you might be agreeing to without realizing it, because it’s buried in sub-paragraph forty-two. Although maybe you might, because there is no telling what kind of clauses they might be slipping past your notice.

Take this TOS document for an Amazon Web Services game engine.

Right there, in sub-section forty-two, it limits the use of this engine in life-critical or safety-critical applications, such as medical equipment, etc. But never fear: there is a loophole…in the case of a zombie apocalypse.

“However, this restriction will not apply in the event of the occurrence (certified by the United States Centers for Disease Control or successor body) of a widespread viral infection transmitted via bites or contact with bodily fluids that causes human corpses to reanimate and seek to consume living human flesh, blood, brain or nerve tissue and is likely to result in the fall of organized civilization.”

So there you have it. As long as the world has been taken over by the flesh-eating undead, you can go ahead and use this software in your Mad Max-style tank vehicle. Problem solved.

What do you think? Were some bored lawyers having themselves a good time with the TOS or does Amazon know something we don’t?

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