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InfoWorld: Virginia House passes UCITA bill

Feb 15, 2000, 21:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Margret Johnston)

"The Virginia House of Delegates on Monday unanimously passed a controversial bill backed by Microsoft and other leading software vendors that proponents say will bring uniformity to software licensing regulations."

"E-commerce is a burgeoning business, but there really aren't rules and regulations that stipulate how you'll do business," May said in an interview shortly after the House of Delegates vote. "Primarily the objective was to establish an even-handed treatment of buyer and seller so neither side has the advantage...."

"Opponents also do not like a provision that says users who do not uphold software licensing agreements could have their software "repossessed" by the manufacturer. They assert that the bill would give the manufacturer the right to reach into the user's computer and disable the software."

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