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LA Weekly: Wares Wars - Consumer non-protection act threatens open-sourcers

Jun 26, 2000, 09:07 (6 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Paul Eggert for this link. ]

"UCITA forces you to actually read the license or the user agreement on a Web site. Clicking the 'I Agree' button really does bind you to the terms of the interminable prose above it, even if that prose says you'll undergo voluntary sterilization for the privilege of using the product."

"UCITA supporters take a dim view of the opposition, particularly those nasty Linux folk, who are ominously referenced on one pro-UCITA site: 'Its supporters should get a lawyer before they hurt themselves.' Many Linux developers are concerned that UCITA-imposed liabilities will choke off the open-source movement (surely not a factor in Microsoft's support?)."

"The states now reviewing UCITA are Hawaii, Illinois and Oklahoma; up in the state of Washington, Microsoft has heavily lobbied for its passage. Just think -- if UCITA passes, such companies may never have to lobby again. All they'll have to do is pull the plug on the opposition."

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