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SF Gate: Software Licentiousness; UCITA gives new meaning to 'All Rights Reserved'

Mar 29, 2000, 17:19 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neil McAllister)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"There's a quiet war now being fought, the outcome of which might potentially affect every computer user in the United States."

"Outside the software industry, academic circles, or the few online information sources that have followed the course of the conflict, few are yet aware of the issues at stake. But it's a battle the cannon-fire of which is soon to be heard in your state legislature, and you're going to want the right side to win."

"Of course, if understanding the law were simple, then it might not be so troubling. But clocking in as it does at some 84 pages, the bill is so complicated that many of the very state legislators now asked to vote on it don't really understand what it means. They just listen to the lobbyists who support the law -- people who don't exactly have your best interests in mind."

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