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SunSpot – Maryland News: General Assembly passes bill on software regulation

Maryland lawmakers stepped bravely into the digital age
yesterday, adopting pioneering legislation that willgovern the
sales and licensing of computer software in stores and over the
Internet.

“By wide margins, the House of Delegates and Senate gave final
approval to a complex bill dictating what rights computer users
have when they crack open a new, shrink-wrapped diskor download a
program.”

“The Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act was the
linchpin of an ambitious package of technology bills pushed by
legislative leaders and Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who is expected
to sign it. Lawmakers hope to make Maryland a magnet for software
firms and Internet start-ups by being one of the first states to
adopt a legal framework for computer commerce.”


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