osOpinion: The Best Legislation Money Can Buy: UCITAFeb 21, 2000, 02:43 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Curt Wuollet)
"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 fashion.
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."