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The Register: Open source developers face new warranty threat

Jan 16, 2002, 09:56 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

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"If there's one thing free software developers hate more than writing documentation, it's fighting a long-drawn out and unglamorous legal battle. But the latest episode in the UCITA saga bodes ill for any free software author based in the United States.

According to Richard Stallman, burdening free software developers with implied warranties threatens the community with "disaster".

UCITA is the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, and it's written by a 110-year old US quango, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL), which seeks to harmonise state laws. Usually after several years of public hearings, draftings and redraftings."

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