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InfoWorld: Software licensing bill moves forward in Virginia

Feb 17, 2000, 18:13 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Margret Johnston)

"Virginia appears to be headed toward becoming the first state in the United States to adopt regulations that proponents say will bring a much needed common understanding of software licenses and a uniformity to software licensing contracts across states."

"Skip Lockwood, director at For a Competitive Information and Technology Economy (4Cite), called the bill "dysfunctional". He said it runs roughshod over the rights of consumers and is unnecessary because software companies' products already are protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act."

"Under UCITA, licensing terms will have teeth, so a clause that bars a buyer from writing a review of the software product without the company's approval, for example, would have legal force, Lockwood said. It is especially troubling to 4Cite that buyers do not get to review licensing contracts before they purchase shrink-wrapped software."

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