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Baltimore Sun: Software law foes see route to harm

Jun 20, 2000, 19:10 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Maryland won the national race to put a law on the books governing software transactions, but in the months since it was enacted here, opponents have vowed to make sure that no other state follows suit."

"While Maryland's law will take effect Oct. 1, several state legislatures - including those of Illinois, Oklahoma, Maine and Delaware - tabled the measure this year, while others postponed the introduction of the bill altogether. Iowa went even further and passed an anti-UCITA law."

"Iowa's attorney general and his counterparts in other states negotiated a settlement with AOL forcing the company to notify users of changes in its terms of service. Brauch said UCITA in its original form 'endorses the very practices that we got AOL to discontinue.'"

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