"The group that drafted the Uniform Computer Information
Transaction Act (UCITA) has backed off slightly from one of the
more controversial measures in the proposed software-licensing law
-- a so-called self-help provision that allows vendors to remotely
disable the software they sell to users. But that may not be much
solace to corporate users."
"At its annual meeting, which ended last Friday, the
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL)
agreed to end the self-help provision for mass-market software sold
via retail channels. However, the provision remains in effect for
other types of software such as customizable applications that are
purchased by companies."
"Software vendors could take advantage of the self-help
capabilities allowed by UCITA to cut off users who they claim
haven't paid their license fees or who allegedly have violated
their contracts in other ways, such as by having more end users
than their licenses allow. That's one of the reasons opponents have
claimed the draft law gives too much power to vendors at the
expense of their customers."
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