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NewsForge: UCITA Drafters Make Changes, But Don't Go Far Enough for Red Hat

Aug 07, 2002, 20:30 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

"Among the changes approved by the NCCUSL last week were some that addressed concerns voiced by the Open Source and Free Software communities:

  • "A state's consumer protection law now trumps UCITA.
  • "Software contract terms that prohibit criticism of that product are unenforceable.
  • A software contract may not prohibit reverse engineering that is done for the purposes of making a piece of software work with other software.
  • "Open Source software is exempt from UCITA when that software is not sold for a profit.

"But that last change doesn't go far enough, says Carol Kunze, a lawyer working for Red Hat on UCITA issues. Before the commission's meeting, Kunze wrote a letter asking the group to kill UCITA altogether. Red Hat and other Open Source companies have long objected to UCITA's requirement that Open Source software provide warranties to customers..."

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