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Chicago Tribune: Heated debate accompanies legislation on digital software licenses

May 28, 2000, 23:01 (1 Talkback[s])

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"...I don't have time to read all that stuff," he says. "The type's too small, and there's too much literature to try to understand. I assume they're not going to track me down if I don't do exactly what they want me to. It's not Big Brother out there."

"Maybe not yet, but legislation being considered in nearly every state -- and now law in Virginia and Maryland -- could allow them to do exactly that."

"The $140 billion software industry, including such heavyweights as Microsoft Corp. and America Online, has mounted a quiet but intense lobbying effort to bring uniformity to state digital licensing laws and make contracts more binding."

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