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WideOpenNews: New Software Laws, Fewer Consumer Rights [UCITA]

Feb 07, 2000, 21:30 (2 Talkback[s])


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"It's an ugly acronym, and a lot of software consumer groups and legal experts consider it ugly state legislation, too: UCITA stands for the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, and if the act is written into law across the nation's states, consumers will enjoy fewer rights against the companies that sell them software -- including major business enterprise consumers."

"Microsoft is a major force behind the legislation, though some big companies such as Sun Microsystems oppose it."

"Consumer groups' fear that if only a few states pass the act, the remainder will rapidly adopt it. A major rallying point is Maryland, where UCITA legislation could pass by the end of April, the Times article reports."

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