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SiliconValley.com: Time to bury proposed software law

May 14, 2001, 23:00 (11 Talkback[s])
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While Red Hat may have made a few headlines working to soften UCITA's impact on open source developers and companies, Dan Gillmore is taking a slightly less compromising tone: "This is one bloodsucker that should be dispatched once and for all."

So far, only Virginia and Maryland have passed UCITA. The legislation has gone nowhere in California, the most populous state -- partly, no doubt, because of the strong opposition of Bill Lockyer, the state's attorney general. California was one of the states that signed an anti-UCITA letter when it was being drafted.

But the industry doesn't quit easily when it wants to pick our pockets and increase its control. To the dismay of Lockyer and some of his other anti-UCITA colleagues, Microsoft and other backers of the legislation have been working to persuade the attorneys general of Kansas and Oklahoma to buy into a modified form of the law. Kansas' attorney general, Carla J. Stovall, is current president of the National Association of Attorneys General, and her Oklahoma counterpart, Drew Edmondson, is president-elect.

Miller and the other opponents are still right about UCITA. This is one bloodsucker that should be dispatched once and for all.

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