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ComputerWorld: Licensing showdown looming

Dec 30, 2000, 21:03 (5 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to David for this link. ] "UCITA proponents will push for adoption of the controversial software licensing law in four or five states in 2001, but they will face opposition from some end-user companies, along with warnings that the measure could significantly increase IT costs."

"Nationwide Insurance Cos. estimated that the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act could boost its costs by a minimum of $20 million. The insurer cited security problems created by the law, which would give software vendors the ability to remotely disable systems through "self-help," as it's called in UCITA, as well as increased contracting and negotiation costs."

"Moreover, UCITA's liability-limiting provisions would increase Nationwide's software quality assurance costs because the measure would act as a deterrent for vendors to deliver a working product, said Bruce Barnes, vice president of technology strategy and planning at Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide."

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