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osOpinion: UCITA: The past or future?

Aug 03, 1999, 17:59 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Xavier Basora)

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"Infoworld broke the story that the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform States Law in the United States voted to approve the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act... UCITA... gives software manufacturers important advantages over their customers.

"The reaction has been swift and critical, Richard Stallman has denounced this law..."because it creates new monopolies and threatens the free software movement. I concur with Stallman..."

"The recently adopted UCITA is neomercantilist law. The software manufactures will be granted monopoly powers for the sake of stability. What kind of monopoly powers? First, software contracts will become more enforceable; second, reverse engineering is prohibited; third, the software manufacturers are authorized to deactivate by remote control as a means of repossessing software programs. Finally, all legal guarantees of quality, usability and hidden defects (vices cachés in French) are hereby abolished."

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