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Linux Journal: Shrink-Wrapped UCITA

Sep 06, 1999, 01:22 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bryan Pfaffenberger)

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"In the post-UCITA world, choosing Linux isn't just a great idea--it's also a way of sending these companies a message they richly deserve. "

"In hacker culture, "user" is pronounced "loser"--after all, an experienced programmer knows only too well how many shortcuts are taken to deliver a working product to the poor, unsuspecting customer. But users are about to join the ranks of big-time losers, thanks to the provisions of UCITA, a model legislative act recently recommended for adoption by all 50 U.S. states. Commercial software industry lobbyists got their way with UCITA, a model for commercial software law reform that embodies almost everything the industry wanted. But the move may backfire. UCITA's provisions reveal an almost astonishing contempt for the software industry's customers and the broader public good.This isn't a U.S.-only issue, either, as you'll learn soon enough; once the software industry gets UCITA passed in U.S. state legislatures, the U.S. government will start working on foreign governments to bring their law into conformity."

"Written by a pro-software industry panel that amounted to little more than a voice for software industry lobbyists, UCITA (short for Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act) shows precisely what the computer industry has in mind for its customers. And I think you'll agree after reading this article that the companies backing UCITA don't deserve to have customers--particularly when there's an open-source alternative."

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