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Why the UCITA is good for Open Source Software

Jul 02, 1999, 14:52 (22 Talkback[s])

Thanks to Scott E. Regener for this link.

Scott E. Regener believes it could help Open Source Software...

"As many of you now know, a new law called the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) is being considered. This law would go to great lengths to decrease the rights of end users and increase the rights of the software companies producing the software. Included in this act are provisions that would allow a company to 1) remove all responsibility for bugs, including known ones; 2) allow the producer of the software to remotely disable programs when they believe the license has been violated; 3) remove all legal protections from the user for damages maliciously caused by a product."

"UCITA is being fought by a great many people from a great many different backgrounds. People are fighting it for different reasons. Whenever a new law is passed, especially one that changes the structure of business, there are winners and losers. Few argue that commercial software users would be harmed by this act. Most think the gains would go to the commercial software developers. It is my belief that both commerical software users and producers would be harmed by this act."

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