"It's very sad for the computer users in Virginia. Their
legislature has seen fit to deprive them of what few rights they
had, to hold Big Software accountable in any meaningful
It's amazingly easy to see who's behind this. What is less
apparent is how elected legislators can look in the mirror and say
they represented the interest of their constituency in passing this
legislation. Consumer groups and the folks who form the very fabric
of the new Internet economy, are strongly opposed to this
abridgement of consumer rights and granting of eminent domain to
the Big Software companies. I will not delve into great detail
here, but suffice it to say that if these provisions were even
suggested for any other industry there would be hell to pay. Read
the document, or at least a few summaries.
It is beyond belief that this sort of privilege would be
granted to an industry that is strictly private and for profit.
Especially an industry working furious spin control on well-founded
charges of monopolistic and predatory practices. An industry
where abuse of such privilege is practically guaranteed."
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