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CNN/InfoWorld: UCITA on legislative agenda in four more states

Jan 29, 2001, 19:56 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Margret Johnston)

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"The legislatures of four states have added a controversial software licensing bill to their legislative calendars this year, indicating that the proposal, which last year passed in Maryland and Virginia, is picking up momentum. Arizona, Oklahoma, Delaware, and Texas are scheduled to take up the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) in their current legislative sessions, and other states are being approached by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL) and asked to do the same, said Carlyle "Connie" Ring Jr., chairman of the NCCUSL's UCITA drafting committee."

"Ring laid out arguments in favor of UCITA during a panel discussion Wednesday sponsored by the Washington Legal Foundation that also featured opponents of UCITA. Meanwhile, the Virginia legislature took steps to firm up its UCITA law, which doesn't go into effect until July 1."

"The ongoing debate over legislation generally pits companies that distribute software and want to increase their control over the use of their products -- including large companies such as Microsoft and America Online -- against small businesses, programmers, libraries, and the insurance and banking industries."

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