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InfoWorld: Group approves controversial software law

Jul 30, 1999, 01:49 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack McCarthy)

"A U.S. group that works to unify state laws on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a controversial proposal to adopt common licensing rules for software and other information technology transactions that critics contend would hold IT companies hostage to the whims of software vendors."

"The Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) was voted on during a meeting in Denver of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL), a private group of more than 300 lawyers, judges, and law professors. Under NCCUSL guidelines, draft legislation has to be approved by a majority of states present when votes are taken, and that majority must include representatives from at least 20 states."

"The vote count was 43 states in favor of the proposal, six against, two abstaining, and two not present. The proposal now goes to various state legislatures for approval. Most or all U.S. states typically approve the laws recommended by the organization, which proposed the draft of the UCITA."

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